Expansion/deletion of mature T cells exposed to endogenous superantigens in vivo.


Journal Article

Previous studies have shown that in thymectomized hosts exposure of mature T cells to Mlsa (mtv-7) Ag in vivo leads to specific tolerance and the disappearance of Mlsa-reactive V beta 6+ T cells after an initial phase of T cell expansion. To investigate the factors controlling postthymic elimination of mature T cells, we examined T cell responses to Mlsa and other endogenous superantigens in a number of different strain combinations. The results show that the extent of T cell expansion/deletion is influenced by various factors, including the H-2 haplotype of the host and the particular V beta studied. Collectively, the results suggest that the extent of elimination of mature T cells is variable and may be a function of high avidity interactions with APC.

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Cited Authors

  • Webb, SR; Hutchinson, J; Hayden, K; Sprent, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 152 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 586 - 597

PubMed ID

  • 8283040

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8283040

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-6606

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1767


  • eng