A horse anti-human thymocyte antibody (ATG) stimulated DNA synthesis in human lymphocytes with a time course and magnitude of radioactive thymidine uptake comparable to that seen with phytohemagglutinin (E-PHA) and concanavalin A (Con A). Low mitogenic or nonmitogenic concentrations of intact ATG or its Fab fragments inhibited E-PHA-induced mitogenesis, whereas the response to Con A was unaffected. Competitive binding studies with ATG and E-PHA revealed mutual inhibition of binding to lymphocytes suggesting that E-PHA and the ATG share a common receptor site on the cell surface. ATG binding was unaffected by Con A. From the analysis of the binding data and the inhibition of mitogenesis, it appears that at least part of the E-PHA response in human lymphocytes involves receptors that are not acted on by Con A.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1977|