Amplification of rabies virus-induced stimulation of human T-cell lines and clones by antigen-specific antibodies

E. Celis, T. J. Wiktor, B. Dietzschold, H. Koprowski

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The effect of antigen-specific antibodies on the response of human T-cell lines and clones to rabies virus was studied. Plasmas from rabies-immune vaccine recipients, but not those from nonimmune individuals, enhanced the proliferative response of rabies-reactive T cells to whole inactivated virus or to the purified glycoprotein and nucleocapsid from the rabies virion. Rabies-immune plasma also increased the antigen-induced production of gamma interferon by the rabies-specific T-cell lines. Experiments performed on T-cell clones specific for either rabies glycoprotein or nucleocapsid showed that immune plasma as well as antiglycoprotein and antinucleoprotein murine monoclonal antibodies possessed the capacity to increase significantly the antigen-induced proliferative responses of these clones. The overall results indicate that this in vitro effect of antigen-specific antibodies on the response of regulatory T lymphocytes to rabies virus could be an important factor in the development of effective immune responses in vivo to rabies virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-433
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1985
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

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