Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract We have studied the association of Ly phenotype with function and specificity for major histocompatibility complex (MHC) products by examining the properties of 21 T-cell clones derived from B10 anti-B 10.D2 and B10.A anti-B10.D2 mixed lymphocyte cultures (MLC). T cells were selected after MLC solely on the basis of Ly phenotype, cloned by limiting dilution, and tested for stability of Ly phenotype, function and specificity for class I or class II MHC products. Sixteen Ly-1+2− and five Ly-1−2+ T-cell clones were tested. The clones selected for the Ly-1 +2− phenotype maintained this phenotype, expressed helper but not lytic function, and recognized class II MHC products (I-Ad or I-Ed). All Ly-1−2− clones maintained this phenotype, possessed cytolytic but not helper activity, and recognized class I MHC products (Dd and Ld). Our data therefore confirm at the clonal level the original observations of a remarkably consistent correlation between Ly markers, MHC specificity, and. function. They suggest that the expression of Ly antigens on T-cell clones forms part of a genetic program for each of these specialized cells that also determines their function and MHC specificity.
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