INHIBITION OF THE MITOGENICITY OF THE CARRIER MOLECULE RESULTS IN LOSS OF IMMUNOGENICITY OF A HAPTEN-LPS CONJUGATE
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Colistin methanesulfonate, a basic polypeptide similar to polymyxin E, has been shown to suppress the mitogenicity of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from E. coli. It also inhibits the immunogenicity of a hapten-LPS conjugate. The inhibition was neither due to interference with the expression of hapten determinants, nor was it due to crossreactivity between the hapten and colistin methanesulfonate. As mitogenicity and immunogenicity was similarly affected, we conclude that activation of bursa-derived lymphocytes, in specific thymus-independent immune responses, does not take place in the absence of a mitogenic (non-Ig mediated) signal, thus supporting the hypothesis of the "one nonspecific signal" for B cell triggering.
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