Suppression of Ia-unrestricted primary anti-Qa-1 cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses by class II major histocompatibility complex-restricted cellular interactions. Academic Article uri icon


  • A model has been established for investigating the cellular interactions for the generation and regulation of primary cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses to Qa-1 alloantigens. Although NZB anti-BALB/c one-way mixed leukocyte cultures (MLC) generate anti-Qa-1b CTL, anti-Qa-1 CTL responses are not generated during BALB/c anti-NZB one-way MLC or during two-way MLC with NZB and BALB/c spleen cells. However, depletion of L3T4+ cells from the spleens of BALB/c mice before two-way MLC with NZB spleen cells resulted in anti-Qa-1b CTL responses. Likewise, the addition of anti-L3T4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) or anti-I-Ad mAb to two-way MLC with NZB and BALB/c spleen cells resulted in the generation of anti-Qa-1b CTL. Conversely, anti-Lyt-2 mAb inhibited the generation of anti-Qa-1 CTL. These data indicate that class II major histocompatibility complex-restricted cellular interactions are capable of suppressing the generation of Ia-unrestricted anti-Qa-1 CTL responses by Lyt-2+ responder cells. This model provides a novel opportunity to both characterize the cellular interactions responsible for regulating primary CTL responses to the Qa/Tla-encoded class I molecule Qa-1, and determine the contribution of this L3T4+ Ts-dependent defect in NZB mice to the pathogenesis of autoimmunity.

published proceedings

  • J Immunol

author list (cited authors)

  • Huston, D. P., & Tavana, G.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Huston, DP||Tavana, G

publication date

  • January 1987