Use of cloned populations of mouse lymphocytes to analyze cellular differentiation

Gary Nabel, Manuel Fresno, Alec Chessman, Harvey Cantor

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We describe a method for generation of homogeneous cell populations that each arise from clonal expansion of cells at a discrete stage of differentiation within a single lineage. We have used this to produce continuously propagatable lymphocyte clones. Each clone represents a cell at a progressive stage of thymus-dependent cellular differentiation. These cloned cells bear stable surface membrane glycoproteins characteristic of precursor cells and mature progeny; conditions allowing maximal cloning efficiencies for each cell type (10-85%) have been established. Mature lymphocyte clones continue to express specialized function and provide material for biochemical analysis of T lymphocyte functions; one fully differentiated clone from the "inducer" lymphocyte set synthesizes a molecule that activates other lymphocytes to secrete immunoglobulin. This activity is associated with a highly purified molecule having a molecular weight of 45,000 daltons and an isoelectric point of approximately 6.0. This molecule, together with clones of precursor and mature T lymphocytes, may provide a system to further study the mechanisms of gene activation during cellular differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Medicine(all)


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