CD3 pathway of T-cell activation. II. Role of HLA-class I molecules in early events

Risë Schwab, Marc E. Weksler, Carlo Russo

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The role of distinct regions of HLA class I molecules in regulating T-cell activation via the CD3-antigen receptor complex was investigated. Monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) which recognize monomorphic and polymorphic epitopes on HLA Class I molecules were shown to inhibit T-cell proliferation to OKT3. These MoAbs have differential effects on the synthesis of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and IL-2 receptor expression. Cell cycle analysis demonstrated that these MoAbs function both in inhibiting cell cycle entry (G0-G1 shift) and in blocking cell cycle progression (G1-S shift) of activated T cells. Furthermore, these MoAbs have regulatory effects on the alternate pathway of T-cell activation via the CD2 molecule, T-cell activation induced by PHA, and activation induced by the phorbol ester PMA in conjunction with the calcium ionophore Ionomycin. Thus these MoAbs have different effects depending upon the pathway of T-cell activation. The results indicate that HLA class I molecules are selectively involved in the sequence of intracellular events leading to T-cell activation and proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-324
Number of pages15
JournalCellular Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes


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