Activated B cells isolated shortly after primary immunization of BALB/c donor mice with sheep erythrocytes (SRBC), were transferred to normal syngeneic recipients or to low-dose cyclophosphamide-pretreated syngeneic recipients. In pretreated recipients, the transfer of activated B cells, but not of T cells or macrophages, resulted in an augmented production of indirect plaque-forming cells in the primary immune response to SRBC but not to horse erythrocytes. It was shown in double-transfer experiments that T helper cells (Lyt-1+) had been stimulated by the transfer of antigen-activated B cells. Criss-cross double-transfer experiments using the mouse strains CB20 and BAB14 (congenic to BALB/c at the loci coding for the immunoglobulin heavy chain) indicate that those T helper cells are primed after recognition of B cell products that are encoded for by genes linked to the loci coding for the variable region of the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgVH). The thus-primed Ig-dependent T helper cells (THIg) are adaptively restricted to cooperate with B cells that display IgVH-linked gene products similar to those that originally stimulated the THIg. These findings suggest that in the course of an immune response to T cell-dependent antigens, help for the production of specific IgG can be provided by THIg that have been primed and/or clonally expanded after recognition of IgVH-linked gene products by (e.g., complementary) T cell receptors.
Priming of T helper cells by antigen-activated B cells. B cell-primed Lyt-1+ helper cells are restricted to cooperate with B cells expressing the IgvH phenotype of the priming B cells.
J L'Age-Stehr; Priming of T helper cells by antigen-activated B cells. B cell-primed Lyt-1+ helper cells are restricted to cooperate with B cells expressing the IgvH phenotype of the priming B cells.. J Exp Med 1 May 1981; 153 (5): 1236–1245. doi: https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.153.5.1236
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