Transgenic 3.L2 T cells are stimulated by Hb(64-76)/I-E(k) and are positively selected on I-E(k) plus self-peptides. To this pool of self- peptides we have added a single, well-defined 3.L2 TCR antagonist (A72) in vivo. We find that mice expressing both the 3.L2 TCR and A72 have a minimal loss oft cells expressing the clonotypic TCR in the thymus and spleen. Importantly, the proliferative response of 3.L2 x A72 splenocytes is significantly reduced compared with splenocytes from 3.L2 mice. This reduced response can be attributed to peripheral antagonism. Thus we have identified a new class of self-ligands whose predominant effect is constitutive peripheral antagonism rather than negative selection. The net effect of these ligands is to avoid potential self-reactivity while maintaining as large a repertoire as possible.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1998|