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J Immunol. 1998 Jan 15;160(2):566-71.

Suppression of immune responses by CD8 cells. II. Qa-1 on activated B cells stimulates CD8 cell suppression of T helper 2 responses.

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Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


We have investigated the role of MHC class I products and CD8 T cells in regulating Ab responses using beta2-microglobulin deficient (beta2m-/-) mice. Beta2m-/- mice produced stronger IgM and IgG responses than did control beta2m+/+ mice to both cellular and viral Ags. These Ab responses could be suppressed by infusion of activated B cells from beta2m+/+ mice. Further investigation showed that the beta2m-associated molecule on activated B cells that induced CD8 suppression was Qa-1 and that the Th2 component of CD4 cells was most affected by CD8-suppressive activity. Our findings suggest a novel pathway of Th inhibition in which B cell presentation of Qa-1-associated peptides stimulates CD8 suppressive activity.

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