Cortisone-resistant (CR) thymocytes did not generate cytolytic activity toward H-2 K or D alloantigen unless they were also stimulated by H-2 I or non-H-2- alloantigens, even though spleen cells generated brisk cytolytic activity toward H-2 K or D alone. Backstimulation by stimulating strain T lymphocytes accounted for neither the response of spleen cells toward H-2 K or D alloantigen nor the response of CR thymocytes to a full set of alloantigens. In addition, lack of non-T accessory cells did not account for the CR thymocyte pattern of reactivity. Rather, CR thymocytes appeared to be relatively deficient in helper T lymphocytes (HTL). CR thymocytes generated specific cytolytic activity toward H-2 D alloantigen when T cell growth factors (TCGF) or cloned alloreactive helper T lymphocytes were added to culture. CR thymocytes contained fewer HTL precursors detected at limit dilution than spleen cells did. Thus spleen cells generated cytolytic activity toward class I alloantigens alone, but under the same culture conditions CR thymocytes had to be stimulated by both class I and class II alloantigens. Class II alloantigens may be required to stimulate cytolytic activity only under culture conditions in which class I-reactive HTL are not sufficient to provide a minimal threshold of help.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy