Analysis of the binding of peanut agglutinin (PNA) to leukaemic cells and its relationship to T-cell differentiation

R. A. Newman, D. Delia

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Several leukaemias have been screened with a panel of monoclonal antibodies as well as fluoresceinated peanut lectin (FITC-PNA). Approximately 25% of T-acute lymphoblastic leukaemias (T-ALLs) were strongly positive with FITC-PNA. The staining distribution pattern did not correlate with any other monoclonal antibody used, although the phenotypes of the PNA+ T-ALLs were similar to those found on cortical thymocytes and probably reflect a more mature cellular phenotype within the T-ALL group. Some myeloid leukaemias were also PNA+ although the staining was generally weak. Several T-cell lines were examined and generally the TdT- lines showed strongest fluorescence after incubation with FITC-PNA. If these lines were induced to differentiate with 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate (TPA) they became PNA-. This was accompanied by an increase in cellular sialyl transferase activity, suggesting that one step in the differentiation process of 'early' T cells is the terminal sialylation of existing oligosaccharide chains. Metabolic labelling of PNA+ T-cell lines with [35S]-methionine followed by detergent lysis and affinity chromatography on PNA-agarose showed that several bands of molecular weights 40-100,000 were bound to the column when examined by sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. If TPA-treated cells were examined these bands were absent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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