Resting B cells stimulated the proliferation of two T cell clones much less efficiently than T cell-depleted low-density APC. In contrast, low-density cells and resting B cells stimulated the clones to produce similar levels of inositol phosphates, a rapid biochemical event dependent only on occupancy of the TCR. The inefficient stimulation of T cell proliferation by resting B cell APC was dramatically improved by the addition of allogeneic low-density accessory cells incapable of being recognized by the TCR on the responding T cells. The results are most consistent with a model where low-density and resting B cell APC display similar amounts of Ag/Ia molecule complexes capable of being recognized by the TCR on the responding T cells but differ in the provision of costimulatory signals that, together with TCR occupancy, are required for IL-2 production.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1990|