Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Previously, we and others have demonstrated that CD4-deficient mice have a normal number of T cells and B cells with a significant population of CD4-8-TcR alpha beta+ T cells. Surprisingly, however, these mice lacking CD4 show in vivo immunoglobulin isotype class switching from IgM to IgG in response to sheep erythrocytes and vesicular stomatitis virus. In this study we have depleted various subpopulations of T cells in vivo and shown that the population of CD4-8-TcR alpha beta+ T cells is responsible for providing "help" in the antibody response of CD4-deficient mice to vesicular stomatitis virus infection. We have used antigen-specific proliferation assays and blocking studies with class I and II major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-specific purified antibodies to show that these cells are class II MHC-restricted in responses against the T cell-dependent antigen keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH). Finally, phenotypic analysis of the CD4-CD8- thymocytes in CD4-deficient mice shows that these cells have a more mature phenotype than the CD4-8- thymocytes in wild type mice. These results indicate that CD4 is not absolutely necessary for positive selection or effector function of class II MHC-restricted helper T cells.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/eji.1830240942

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eur J Immunol

Publication Date

09/1994

Volume

24

Pages

2213 - 2218

Keywords

Animals, Antibody Specificity, CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes, CD8 Antigens, Flow Cytometry, Histocompatibility Antigens Class II, Immunoglobulin Class Switching, Lymphocyte Activation, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Knockout, T-Lymphocyte Subsets, Vesicular stomatitis Indiana virus