Antigen presentation by the BCL1 murine B cell line: In vitro stimulation by LPS

M. R. Harris, C. S. Kindle, A. F. Abruzzini

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We examined the antigen-presenting capacity of BCL1 tumor cells, which are capable of differentiating in vitro with respect to imunoglobulin synthesis/secretion under the influence of LPS. In vivo passaged BCL1 cells depleted of host cell contamination either by positive selection employing panning with anti-λ reagents, or by elimination of latex-ingesting adherent cells, are capable of MHC-restricted antigen presentation to a GAT-immune T cell line. The BCL1 cells act as antigen-presenting cells when freshly explanted, but gradual loss of this function occurs, and cells cultured for 3.5 days cannot present antigen unless LPS is included during the culture period. BCL1 cells are equivalently Ia+ after the culture period with or without LPS stimulation. Other B cell lines capable of antigen presentation appear to express this trait constitutively, and the in vivo passaged BCL1 line is therefore unique among B cell lines in having antigen-presenting cell function that can be modulated. The data suggest that freshly explanted or LPS-cultured BCL1 cells are heterogeneous with respect to antigen-presenting capacity, and the basis for this heterogeneity is being sought. BCL1 offers an opportunity to study requirements for antigen presentation by B cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1208
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

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