Human lymphocyte differentiation antigens HB-10 and HB-11. II. Differential production of B cell growth and differentiation factors by distinct helper T cell subpopulations.
Two monoclonal antibodies (HB-10 and HB-11), which react with human T, B, and NK cells, identify approximately 50% of the Leu-3+ T helper (TH) cells in adult blood. In the present studies, the functional capabilities of the HB-11+ and HB-11-TH cell subpopulations were examined after purification by fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Both subpopulations proliferated in response to PHA, Con A, PWM, and OKT-3 antibodies. The HB-11+ TH cells gave a minimal proliferative response to soluble tetanus toxoid antigen, whereas HB-11-TH cells responded well. After mitogen activation, both HB-11+ and HB-11-TH cells and to produce soluble factors which induce large B cells to proliferate. However, PWM-stimulated HB-11+TH cells were incapable of inducing B cells to differentiate into antibody-secreting plasma cells, whereas HB-11-TH cells were efficient in this regard. The results suggest that the HB-11 antigen is expressed on a subpopulation of virgin TH cells that can produce B cell growth factors but are deficient in the ability to produce B cell differentiation factors.
Tedder, TF; Cooper, MD; Clement, LT
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