Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 2938971
Eur. J. Immunol. 1986 Apr;16(4):417-22
BALB/c helper T cells, prepared against 2,4,6-trinitrophenyl (TNP)-derivatized syngeneic spleen cells, fail to recognize other hapten modifications [(4-hydroxy-3-nitrophenyl)acetyl, fluorescein isothiocyanate] of syngeneic cells, as well as TNP-derivatized cells from major histocompatibility complex-congenic donors. T helper cell interactions with “presenting” cells and “target” B lymphocytes are inhibited by monoclonal antibodies directed either to the hapten or to I-A molecules on target cells. Helper activity is also inhibited by monoclonal anti-idiotypic antibodies directed to an idiotope expressed by the TNP-binding myeloma protein MOPC460, but not by soluble TNP-protein conjugates. The study of congenic mouse strains revealed that while the fine specificity of TNP recognition and the quantitative levels of M 460 idiotope expression are I-A linked, the expression of the M 460 idiotope by helper cells is controlled by IgCh-linked genes. Absence of anti-idiotope inhibition of helper cells prepared in anti-mu-suppressed mice suggests, however, that immunoglobulin idiotype expression by T cells results from network interactions selecting available lymphocyte repertoires which operate before antigenic stimulation.