Studies have indicated that purified soluble polysaccharide antigens can elicit T cell-independent Ig responses in vivo, although these responses can be modulated by T cells in a noncognate manner. Relatively little is known, however, concerning the parameters that regulate polysaccharide-specific, as well as protein-specific, Ig isotype responses to an intact extracellular bacterium. Using the murine in vivo humoral response to intact Streptococcus pneumoniae as a model it can be shown that CD4+ T-cell receptor αβ+ T cells deliver help for both polysaccharide- and protein-specific Ig responses. However, these responses differ fundamentally in their mechanism of action.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy