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J Immunol. 1982 Sep;129(3):1120-3.

Characterization of a soluble suppressor of human B cell function produced by a continuous human suppressor T cell line. II. Evidence for suppression through a direct action of CTC-SISS-B on human B cells.


CTC-SISS-B is an antigen-nonspecific suppressive lymphokine elaborated by an interleukin 2-dependent suppressor T cell line that produces noncytotoxic inhibition of human B cell but not T cell function. Like SISS-B, a soluble suppressive lymphokine present in the supernatants of Con A-activated peripheral blood T cell cultures, CTC-SISS-B is of 60,000 to 90,000 m.w., and its action is blocked by the simple sugar L-rhamnose. CTC-SISS-B inhibits human B cell Ig production and proliferation through a direct interaction with human B cells rather than through indirect effects on immunoregulatory T cells or monocytes. CTC-SISS-B suppression occurs through inhibition of an early event(s) in B cell activation since proliferation and Ig production by established human B cell lines are not inhibited by this lymphokine. Despite sharing many biochemical and biologic properties, CTC-SISS-B and gamma-interferon appear to be distinct mediators.

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