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Lymphokine-induced IgM secretion by clones of neoplastic B cells

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The induction of antibody secretion by B cells requires T-cell-derived factors1–5. Such factors have been described1,2,6–12 but the precise relationship among these various factors is not clear, and it has been difficult to demonstrate that these factors act directly on the B cell and do not exert their effect via T cells or macrophages. In this report we describe the direct induction of IgM synthesis and secretion in cloned lines of long-term tissue culture adapted neoplastic B cells (BCL1) by T-cell super-natants from phorbol-12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-induced EL-4 cells or concanavalin A (Con A)-induced 7.1.1a cells5,9. We have termed this activity BCDFμ (B-cell differentiation factor for IgM). The supernatants containing BCDFμ induce activated and neoplastic B cells to secrete IgM5 and the factor responsible is distinct from BCGF13, interleukin-2 (IL-2)5, the classical T-cell replacing factor (TRF) described by Schimpl and Wecker5, and immune interferem (IFNγ)5.

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  1. Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas, 75235, USA

    • Kathryn Brooks
    • , Dorothy Yuan
    • , Jonathan W. Uhr
    •  & Ellen S. Vitetta
  2. the Institute for Immunology and Genetics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, FRG

    • Peter H. Krammer

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