We have isolated, from NZB.H-2bm12 mice, several autoreactive cloned T cell lines that provide help for anti-dsDNA IgG antibody production in vitro. The purpose of the work described herein was to examine the requirement for cognate help for the production of anti-DNA antibodies in vitro. Thus, the ability of cloned T cell lines or lymphokines derived from them to provide help for T-depleted spleen cells from both normal B6.H-2bm12 mice and SLE-prone NZB.H-2bm12 mice was examined. Two autoreactive cloned T cell lines were selected for detailed study. 410F T cells respond to APC from both I-Ab and I-Abm12 mice, whereas 410H T cells are restricted to I-Abm12. By using Percoll gradients, B cells from both low density and high density fractions were cultured with autoreactive cloned T cell lines or lymphokines secreted by such cloned T cell lines, and anti-DNA antibody production was determined. Lymphokines elicited IgM anti-ssDNA antibody production from cells in all Percoll fractions from both B6.H-2bm12 and NZB.H-2bm12 mice. Lymphokines did not elicit production of IgG anti-dsDNA antibody production by cells from 2-month-old B6.H-2bm12 mice. In contrast, substantial production of IgG antidsDNA antibody was observed for NZB.H-2bm12 cells in response to lymphokines alone. Thus, B cells from NZB.H-2bm12 mice, because of previous activation in vivo, can proceed to IgG anti-dsDNA antibody production in vitro without direct T cell interaction. When we examined direct T cell help for the IgG anti-dsDNA antibody response, we found that we could distinguish the actions of the two cloned T cell lines studied. 410F T cells provided help predominantly for cells from low density Percoll fractions whether the cells were derived from B6.H-2bm12 or NZB.H-2bm12 mice. 410H T cells were capable of providing help for cells from both the low and high density fractions, and this help accounted for more than half of the antibody production in vitro by cells from B6.H-2bm12 mice.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1993|
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