Cutting edge: The relative distribution of T cells responding to chemically dominant or minor epitopes of lysozyme is not affected by CD40-CD40 ligand and B7-CD28-CTLA-4 costimulatory pathways

Richard J. DiPaolo, Emil R. Unanue

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Abstract

We examined the frequencies and specificities of the CD4+ T cell responses to the protein hen egg white lysozyme in mice deficient in the CD40-CD40 ligand or B7-CD28 costimulatory pathways. The frequency of T cells was decreased by between 3- and 4-fold in CD40-/- mice, and 12-fold in B7-1/B7-2-/- mice, but surprisingly, the relative distribution of T cells responding to peptides that were presented at levels that differed by > 250-fold was similar. We also examined the CD4 response after blocking the regulatory molecule CTLA-4 during immunization. We observed no difference in either the frequency or specificity of the CD4+ T cell response if CTLA-4 was blocking during priming. Thus, the T cell response was generated toward the constellation of chemically dominant and subdominant epitopes as a whole, and did not discriminate among them based on their relative abundance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2832-2836
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume169
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2002

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