Incubation of human peripheral blood T-lymphocyte cultures with 100 μM EHNA or 1 μM pentostatin results in the delayed appearance of Fcμ, receptor-bearing cells. The percentage of Tμ-positive cells approaches control levels by 24–30 hr despite the lack of detectable adenosine deaminase activity. Tγ to Tμ transition was more effectively inhibited than To to Tμ in studies with the individual subpopulations. The inhibitory effect of pentostatin or EHNA on the appearance of Fcμ receptor-positive cells was reversible with exogenous undine or 2′-deoxycytidine. These results indicate that pyrimidine deprivation affects the appearance of Fcμ receptors in T-cell cultures, and that despite the continued inhibition of ADA the effect on Fcμ is reversible by 24 hr without the addition of exogenous pyrimidines.
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