Production of Mouse T Cell Hybridomas

Curr Protoc Immunol. 2001 May;Chapter 3:Unit 3.14. doi: 10.1002/0471142735.im0314s24.


T cell hybridomas can be obtained by fusing activated T cells with tumor cells. A heterogeneous population of hybridomas can be cloned by limiting dilution to obtain hybridomas that express specificity to one T cell receptor (TCR). This unit describes cell fusion and selection of T cell hybridomas. A protocol is provided for screening of T cell hybridomas for expression of the CD3-TCR complex by flow cytometry analysis. Those hybridomas expressing a CD3-TCR complex are then further tested for expression of antigen specificity by screening for specific antigen-induced lymphokine production. The procedures for establishment of stable hybridoma lines and cloning of stable lines by limiting dilution are identical to those described for B cell hybridomas and can be found in UNIT 2.5. Protocols for freezing and thawing T cell hybridomas are identical to those described for B cell hybridomas and other cell lines.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CD3 Complex / analysis
  • CD3 Complex / biosynthesis
  • Cell Fusion
  • Clone Cells / immunology
  • Hybridomas* / immunology
  • Immunologic Techniques
  • Mice
  • Species Specificity
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism


  • CD3 Complex