Introduction of the xid genetic mutation into strains of mice (NZB, MRL/1, BXSB), which are normally susceptible to a lupus-like disorder, significantly delays the onset of disease and reduces the polyclonal B-cell activation characteristic of the lupus-prone strains. Evidence is presented here which shows that B cells from NZB and MRL/1 mice which carry the xid mutation have drastically reduced responses to T-cell-derived B-cell-growth- and differentiation-inducing activities. These results are in accord with a theory that acceleration of lupus onset may be due to overproduction of and/or increased responsiveness to B-cell-activation signals.
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