Cloning of mitogen- and antigen-reactive B lymphocytes on filter paper discs. I. A description of the technique and of methods for the analysis of colonies.


Journal Article

A novel technique for establishing short term clones of antigen- or mitogen-activated splenic B lymphocytes is described. Spleen cells are plated onto the surface of filter paper discs and subsequently stimulated by antigen or mitogen in situ; activated B cells proliferate and differentiate into pure colonies of cells analogous to bacterial colonies growing on agar. These colonies of lymphocytes may be characterized in a series of replica hemolytic-plaque, autoradiographic, or immunoenzyme assays making possible a full characterization of the frequency of secreted idiotopes and paratopes and of the cells that produce them. Colony induction by either antigen or mitogen occurs under identical conditions, thus a rigorous comparison between the mitogen-selected and antigen-selected antibody repertoires may be made.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kelsoe, G

Published Date

  • February 11, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 345 - 363

PubMed ID

  • 2579160

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2579160

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1759

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0022-1759(85)90312-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands