Sea star factor (SSF) harvested from the echinoderm Asterias forbesi celomocytes is a potent inhibitor of the primary immune response to T‐dependent antigens and also suppresses concanavalin‐A‐induced mitogenesis. We have isolated and purified a basic protein from this source which has a molecular weight of approximately 38,000 daltons and is responsible for these biological activities. After complete reduction, SSF was shown to be composed of a single pair of heavy and light chains. Preincubation of spleen cells with concanavalin A does not inhibit binding of SSF; however, specific binding can be inhibited by preincubation with unlabeled SSF. These data suggest that the binding site for SSF is not the same as that for concanavalin A.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Jun 1976|
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