Clonal abortion of bone marrow T cell precursors: T cells acquire specific antigen reactivity prethymically

R. Chervenak, J. J. Cohen, S. D. Miller

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Abstract

Lethally irradiated (900 R) mice were reconstituted with bone marrow cells from syngeneic donors that had been tolerized 2 to 3 wk earlier to either DNP or TNP compounds. Five weeks after reconstitution, these animals were tested for their ability to mount a delayed hypersensitivity (DH) response to the tolerizing haptens. Recipient mice were specifically tolerant to the hapten that was used to induce tolerance in the marrow donor. Mixing experiments in which mice were reconstituted with marrow from DNP-tolerant and TNP-tolerant donors showed no indication of active suppression or effective antigen carry-over in this system. This observation held true even in experiments in which mice were reconstituted with a mixture of marrow from tolerant and normal donors at a ratio of 5:1. Thus the reduced responsiveness in recipient mice seemed to be due to the functional elimination of hapten-responsive T cell precursor (pre-T) clones. Recipient unresponsiveness was also shown to be MHC restricted. Maintenance of unresponsiveness appeared to be due to the restricted access of regenerating pre-T cell clones to the maturational influence of the recipient's thymus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1688-1692
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume131
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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