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Key antigenic determinants in regulation of the immune response.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  71736     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The immune response to beta-galactosidase (beta-D-galactoside galactohydrolase; EC characterized by a wave of early help followed by a wave of suppression to a subsequent in vitro challenge with galactosidase-fluorescein. A cyanogen bromide peptide of beta-galactosidase, CB2, mimics the suppression seen with the enzyme. It is time dependent, carrier specific, and anti-theta sensitive; however, this suppression is not preceded by a wave of help. It is possible that CB2 cannot stimulate helpers, and is only able to activate suppressor cells. These data indicate that one small region of an antigen, capable of activating suppressors, can nullify the positive effect induced in helper T cells reactive with other epitopes on beta-galactosidase. Key determinants on macromolecules may in this way be influential in regulating the immune response to the entire antigen molecule.
D Turkin; E E Sercarz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0027-8424     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  1977 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-11-30     Completed Date:  1977-11-30     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3984-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Antibody Formation*
Galactosidases / immunology*
Genes, MHC Class II
Mice / immunology
T-Lymphocytes / immunology
beta-Galactosidase / immunology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Epitopes; EC 3.2.1.-/Galactosidases; EC

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