Suppression of mixed lymphocyte reactions by alloantigen-activated spleen-localizing thymocytes

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  • Heavily irradiated BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice were injected intravenously with BALB/c thymocytes. At varying times thereafter spleen and lymph node cell suspensions from these animals were treated with mitomycin C and added as regulator populations to mixed lymphocyte reactions (MLR) with syngeneic responder cells. Alloantigen-activated spleen-localizing thymocytes suppressed MLR responses 40 to 95%. Suppressor activitity, manifested as a quantitative reduction in peak proliferative responses, was maximal 4 days after cell transfer. Antigenic specificity for the stimulator cell strain in MLR was not demonstrated. The effect of lymph nodelocalizing thymocytes as regulators in MLR was variable, but in most experiments these cells slightly enhanced responses. We conclude that splenic localization is an intrinsic property of the thymocyte subpopulation capable of suppressing MLR responses, and that the suppressor activity of this subpopulation is substantially enhanced by activation in allogeneic hosts. © 1976.
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  • Rich RR; Rich SS
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  • 358
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  • 368
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  • 22
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  • 2