Defective T cell response to presented antigen in autoimmune mice

M. Fischbach

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The effect of the single autosomal recessive gene lpr on antigen presentation was studied. MRL/Mp-lpr/lpr, C3H/HeJ-lpr/lpr, C57BL/6J-lpr/lpr, and their normal congenic partners were investigated. Mice bearing the lpr gene were unable to respond to TNP-KLH when presented by syngeneic antigen-presenting cells. The congenic normal partners gave a brisk response. Mixing experiments demonstrated that the defect resided with the lpr responding T cell and not with the lpr antigen-presenting cell. Antigen-presenting cells from lpr mice were capable of inducing T cell proliferation in normal congenic partners, whereas antigen-presenting cells from normal mice failed to stimulate lpr T cells. This defect was intrinsic to an Lyt-1+2- cell. Pharmacologic restoration was attempted by in vivo and in vitro administration of interleukin 2. However, cells from lpr mice remained unaffected. The relationship of these findings to autoimmunity is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2365-2368
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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