The IgE-potentiating and IgE-suppressive factors share a common structural gene and therefore a common polypeptide chain, and their biologic activities are decided by a post-translational glycosylation process. Under physiological conditions, this process is controlled by two T cell factors, i.e., the glycosylation-enhancing factor (GEF) and glycosylation-inhibiting factor (GIF). GIF is a fragment of phosphorylated lipocortin and has immunosuppressive effects. Repeated injections of this lymphokine into antigen-primed mice switched their T cells from the formation of IgE-potentiating factor to the formation of IgE-suppressive factor and facilitated the generation of antigen-specific suppressor T cells, which form antigen-specific GIF upon antigenic stimulation. The antigen-specific GIF suppressed the antibody response in a carrier-specific manner and has properties similar to antigen-specific suppressor T cell factors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||International archives of allergy and applied immunology|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy