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J Clin Invest. 1977 Jun;59(6):1176-87.

Modulatory effects on immunoglobulin synthesis and secretion by lymphocytes from immunodeficient patients.


Incubation of peripheral lymphocytes (PBL) from normal donors with pokeweek mitogen (PWM) induced terminal differentiation by B lymphocytes to immunoglobulin (Ig) synthesizing and secreting plasma cells. B cells from hypogammaglobulinemic patients with different primary immunodeficiencies failed to undergo functional differentiation after similar treatment with PWM. Co-cultures of BL from normal donors and hypogammaglobulinemic patients often resulted in deviations, both positive and negative, from expected levels of PWM-stimulated intracellular Ig biosynthesis. Suppression of B-cell differentiation was manifested by PBL from patients with several different primary immunodeficiencies, including infantile sex-linked agammaglobulinemia. Immunoregulatory activities were noted to vary with the normal donor used in co-culture experiments and with time. Cell populations that were active in influencing B-cell differentiation to functional plasma cells did not have an appreciable modulatory effect on T-lymphocyte responses to mitogens. These observations may provide a functional subclassifications for immunoregulatory cells in man.

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