Adoptively transferred experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in SJL/J, PL/J, and (SJL/J x PL/J)F1 mice. Influence of I-A haplotype on encephalitogenic epitope of myelin basic protein

J Immunol. 1988 Aug 15;141(4):1143-9.


Guinea pig basic protein (GPBP)-immune lymph node cells (LNC) from SJL, PL, and SJL x PL (F1) mice proliferated to whole GPBP and GPBP fragments 1-37, 43-88, and 89-169. All three strains of mice developed experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) by active immunization with whole GPBP or by passive transfer of LNC cultured with whole GPBP. SJL (H-2s) and PL (H-2u) mice developed EAE by active immunization with fragments 89-169 or 1-37, respectively, or by passive transfer of LNC cultured with the same Ag. F1 mice developed EAE by active immunization only with fragment 1-37 or by passive transfer of LNC cultured with either of the above fragments. Removal of macrophages (MO) from immune-F1 LNC resulted in the loss of a proliferative response and the ability to transfer EAE. Reconstitution of MO-depleted immune F1 T cells with either F1-, SJL-, or PL-MO restored the proliferative responses to whole GPBP and the three fragments. Cultures of immune F1 T cells reconstituted with any of the three MO populations and incubated with whole GPBP passively transferred EAE into naive F1 mice. Immune F1 T cells cultured with F1 MO in the presence of either fragment 1-37 or 89-169 transferred EAE. F1 T cells cultured with SJL MO were able to transfer EAE only if the Ag was fragment 89-169, whereas F1 T cells cultured with PL MO were able to transfer disease only if incubated in the presence of fragment 1-37. F1 mice are passively susceptible to EAE induced by adoptive transfer of cells reactive to either the N-terminal or C-terminal fragment and that the encephalitogenic determinant of GPBP is related to the genome of MO present in vitro.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Communication
  • Crosses, Genetic*
  • Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental / etiology
  • Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental / genetics
  • Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental / immunology*
  • Female
  • Immunization, Passive*
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Macrophages / immunology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Peptide Fragments / immunology
  • Species Specificity
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / transplantation


  • Peptide Fragments