Antigen-induced lymphomagenesis: Identification of a murine B cell lymphoma with known antigen specificity

L. W. Arnold, N. J. LoCascio, P. M. Lutz, C. A. Pennell, D. Klapper, G. Haughton

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CH12, a murine B cell lymphoma derived in B10.H-2aH-4bp/Wts mice after transfer of SRBC hyperimmunized spleen cells into an adult-thymectomized, sublethally irradiated, syngeneic recipient, is demonstrated to bear surface IgM specific for a determinant found on SRBC and ChRBC. The Ig specificity has been demonstrated by rosetting assays and complement-dependent hemolysis. The removal of CH12 surface IgM by capping with anti-μ or with anti-CH12 idiotype, but not with anti-γ or with irrelevant anti-idiotype, eliminated the formation of rosettes between CH12 and SRBC or ChRBC. The absorption of CH12 Ig produced in vitro, with either SRBC or ChRBC but not with HRBC, removed all hemolysin activity against SRBC, demonstrating that only one CH12 product was responsible for the reactivity with both SRBC and ChRBC. CH12 has a surface phenotype of a relatively mature B cell expressing surface Ig (IgM-μ,κ) and Ia antigens, but lacking Thy-1 or detectable Fc or C3 receptors. CH12 also expresses the antigen Lyt-1. Growth of CH12 in vivo or in vitro results in the generation of up to 3% direct PFC and serum hemolysin, which shows that CH12 is not irretrievably 'frozen'. The generation of PFC and serum hemolysin is associated with increased population density, and the rate of PFC and serum hemolysin accumulation cannot be explained by simple cell division. A continuously secreting hybridoma derived from CH12 was used to purify the CH12 IgM to facilitate studies of protein sequence and idiotype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2064-2068
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983


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