Efficient B cell responses to most polysaccharide antigens such as TNP-PAA or TNP-Ficoll require factors produced by activated T cells. However, the mechanism of T cell activation during such responses has not been established, because these antigens do not activate T cells, either directly or in conjunction with I-A gene products. We used a panel of antigen-specific monoclonal helper T cells to study T cell activation during the course of such responses. We show that activated I-A-identical B cells directly stimulate these monoclonal T cells, and that this stimulation is in the absence of nominal antigen. The high frequency of inducer cells that are stimulated by activated B cells suggests a major biologic role for this novel pathway of T cell activation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy