B lymphocyte differentiation induced by lipopolysaccharide. I. Generation of cells synthesizing four major immunoglobulin classes

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  • Cultured cells from mouse thoracic duct, spleen lymph node, Peyer's patches, and bone marrow gave rise to cells containing large amounts of cytoplasmic IgM, IgG1, and IgG2 when stimulated by bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Differentiation of IgA producers occurred in bone marrow only, and to a lesser extent than other classes. Significant IgM responses preceded development of cells containing other classes. The differentiation of IgG and IgA producers did not appear to depend on T cells, since cultures from nu/nu or thymectomized irradiated, bone marrow protected mice responded as well as normals. Cultures from mice rendered deficient in B cells by anti μ treatment responded normally to T cell mitogens, but did not proliferate or give rise to immunoglobulin secreting cells when stimulated with LPS. Bone marrow cultures gave relatively meager proliferative responses to LPS, but generated as many or more immunoglobulin secreting cells as did other tissues.
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  • Kearney JF; Lawton AR
  • Start Page

  • 671
  • End Page

  • 676
  • Volume

  • 115
  • Issue

  • 3