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Nature. 1984 Mar 22-28;308(5957):365-7.

Acquisition of specific cytotoxic activity by human T4+ T lymphocytes in culture.

Abstract

Mature human T lymphocytes can be separated by monoclonal antibodies OKT4 and OKT8 according to their surface phenotypes into T4+T8- and T4-T8+ subsets. From short-term experiments using bulk cultures, the helper/inducer function has been assigned to the T4+T8- subset and the cytotoxic/suppressor function to the T4-T8+ subset. Thus if T lymphocytes are separated after stimulation in a mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR), the entire cytotoxic activity is found in the T4-T8+ fraction whereas the T4+T8- fraction shows no detectable cytotoxicity. If, however, T lymphocytes are cloned after MLR and grown in long-term culture, a surprisingly large fraction of T4+ T lymphocyte clones (TLC) shows cytotoxic activity. Here we report that T4+ TLC can acquire specific cytotoxicity during in vitro cultivation.

PMID:
6608693
DOI:
10.1038/308365a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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