Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 7683441
Scand. J. Immunol. 1993 May;37(5):605-14
In order to further understand the mechanism mediating the mitogenic and immunosuppressor effects of p90, a protein produced by Streptococcus intermedius, flow cytometric studies were performed on peripheral and central lymphoid organs of mice treated with this protein. p90 induced a strong blastogenic B-cell response in the spleen and lymph nodes, followed by a slight but significant polyclonal T-cell activation. B-cell repertoire analysis indicated that polyclonal B-cell responses affected similarly both CD5+ and conventional (CD5-) B cells in the spleen. Repertoire analysis of T cells failed to reveal any preferential stimulation of the V beta T-cell receptor (V beta-TcR) families studied. Peripheral lymphoid hyperplasia was observed concomitantly with central lymphoid depletion. In the bone marrow, pre-B and B cells were profoundly depleted, with a more pronounced effect on small pre-B cells. In the thymus, double-positive (CD4+CD8+) thymocytes were preferentially eliminated, with a relative enrichment of single positive (either CD4+ or CD8+) and double-negative (CD4-CD8-) thymocytes.