The capacity of mAb directed at the CD3 molecular complex (64.1) to induce T cell-dependent B cell proliferation and differentiation was examined. Co-culture of B cells with mitomycin C-treated T4 cells (T4 mito) stimulated by immobilized 64.1 resulted in marked B cell proliferation and Ig-secreting cells (ISC) generation in the absence of any additional stimulation. The magnitude of the B cell responses induced by immobilized 64.1-stimulated T4 mito was far greater than that induced by other stimuli, such as Staphylococcus aureus plus factors produced by mitogen-activated T cells, PWM, or soluble 64.1. The induction of maximal B cell responsiveness required direct contact between activated T cells and responding B cells. Of note, immobilized 64.1 also induced B cell proliferation and ISC generation in the presence of mitomycin C-treated T8 cells. By contrast, immobilized 64.1 stimulated T4 or T8 cells that had not been treated with mitomycin C induced very modest ISC generation and suppressed B cell responses supported by T4 mito even in the presence of exogenous IL-2 or factors produced by mitogen-activated T cells. The interactions between T and B cells in these cultures not only induced B cell responses, but also enhanced the production of IL-2 by activated T cells. Increased IL-2 production was facilitated when culture conditions afforded the opportunity for contact between B cells and activated T cells. These results indicate that the establishment of interactions between B cells and anti-CD3-stimulated T4 or T8 cells provides all of the signals necessary for proliferation and differentiation of B cells without other stimuli and also augments the production of lymphokines by the activated T cells. The data emphasize the role of Ag-nonspecific interactions between B cells and T cells in promoting polyclonal responses of both cell types.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy