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Res Immunol. 1993 Jul-Sep;144(6-7):407-18.

Squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) B lymphocytes: secretion of IgG directed to Plasmodium falciparum antigens, by primed blood B lymphocytes restimulated in vitro with parasitized red blood cells.

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Laboratoire d'Immunologie parasitaire, Institut Pasteur de la Guyane, Cayenne, French Guiana.


Blood B lymphocytes obtained from Plasmodium falciparum-immune Saimiri monkeys were assayed for their in vitro differentiation in immunoglobulin-secreting cells upon restimulation with P. falciparum-parasitized Saimiri red blood cells. Selected culture conditions enabled appropriately stimulated blood B cells to secrete 3F11/G10+ IgG, detected in the supernatants by means of a dot immunobinding assay. Primed blood B lymphocytes from P. falciparum-immune Saimiri monkeys were thus able to secrete IgG when restimulated by parasitized red blood cells in the presence of T cell- and monocyte-derived cytokines (recombinant human cytokines). These primed blood B cells, which were able to differentiate, were shown to secrete antibodies reactive with P. falciparum-infected red blood cells, as detected by means of an indirect immunofluorescence assay, and reactive with P. falciparum-infected red blood cell extracts, as detected by means of Western blot analysis. Furthermore, due to the possibility of discriminating between IgG subtypes in the squirrel monkey (3F11/G10+::3A2/G6+ IgG [associated with protection against the blood stages of P. falciparum] vs. 3F11/G10+::3E4/H8+ IgG [usually not functionally associated with protection]), we have attempted to estimate the respective proportions of each IgG subtype. In defined culture conditions, Saimiri monkey blood B cells preferentially secrete 3F11/G10+::3E4/H8+ IgG in response to parasitized red blood cells. We therefore discuss the conditions that would render this assay suitable for the selection, among P. falciparum blood stage antigens, of those that have major B-cell epitopes.

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