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Murine peritoneal macrophages were cultured with heat-killed Listeria monocytogenes organisms and then with the protein hen egg white lysozyme. Hen egg lysozyme is well known to need intracellular processing for presentation to T cells. The presentation to T cells of lysozyme was affected despite no reduction in the amount taken up or catabolized by the macrophage. This interference with Ag presentation was not found if the macrophages were cultured with lysozyme before the Listeria pulse. The interference with Ag presentation induced by Listeria was found for a second Ag (conalbumin). Uptake of Listeria did not affect the presentation of the lysozyme peptide 46-61, indicating that MHC class II molecules were available at the macrophage surface. Other materials that are retained in the macrophages affected presentation of lysozyme but not of the processed peptide. These included SRBC, dextran, sucrose, cellobiose, polyvinyl pirrolidone, sodium dextran sulfate, Ficoll, and polyethylene glycol. Except for SRBC, which were not tested, the remaining molecules did not interfere with presentation of 46-61 by formaldehyde-fixed macrophages, an indication that they did not affect the peptide interaction with class II molecules. Finally, uptake of latex beads did not affect presentation of lysozyme. We conclude that retention in the macrophage of a variety of soluble or particulate molecules can interfere with the intracellular events that result in the creation of an immunogenic determinant. This interference is independent of the catabolism of the Ag or of the availability of class II molecules to bind peptides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1445-1450
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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