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Am J Reprod Immunol Microbiol. 1988 Apr;16(4):151-8.

Antigen presenting cells in human decidual tissue: III. Role of accessory cells in the activation of suppressor cells.

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  • 1Lautenberg Center for Tumor and General Immunology, Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


Human decidual antigen presenting cells (DAPCs) exposed to fetal cells in vitro induce generation of suppressor T cells among a population of peripheral blood lymphocytes. Human lymphocyte antigen (HLA)-class II positive antigen presenting cells were isolated from early normal human decidual tissue and from peripheral blood (PAPCs) by adhering Ficoll-Paque separated cell suspensions to fibronectin. In contrast to PAPCs, DAPCs pulsed with fetal antigens induced a radio-sensitive, Leu 1,2-positive T suppressor cell population. A nylon wool adherent B cell population is required during the in vitro induction of the suppressor cells. These suppressor cells impair primary mitogen and mixed lymphocyte culture (MLC) responses, generation of anti-trinitrophenyl (TNP) cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and antibody response of autologous and allogeneic lymphocytes. Only intact viable embryonic cells can effectively confer upon DAPCs the ability to induce T suppressor cells. The T suppressor cell induction by DAPCs primed with fetal antigens is restricted by the major histocompatibility complex. Our results show that the HLA-DR molecules are the most prominent restriction elements.

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