Human T cell subpopulations have been defined on the basis of differential expression of either Fc receptors or specfic cell-surface antigens. In this study, we utilized a series of monoclonal antibodies reactive with T cells, monocytes, and Ia antigens to characterize isolated subpopulations of T cells bearing receptors for the Fc portion of IgG (Tγ) and subpopulations of T cells bearing receptors for the Fc portion of IgM Tμ. The results showed that the Tμ population contained both inducer (OKT4 +) and cytotoxic/suppressor (OKT5 +) populations and was similar to the unfractionated T cell population, whereas the Tγ subset contained few T lymphocytes (OKT3 +) and was not enriched for either T cell subset defined by these monoclonal antibodies. Rather, the Tγ population was comprised largely of Ia - cells possessing a monocyte antigen (OKM1 +). In reciprocal studies, it was found that both isolated OKT4 + and OKT5 +T cell subsets contained few Tγ cells, whereas both subsets were mainly comprised of Tμ cells. We conclude that there is little correlation between T cell subsets defined by these monoclonal antibodies and those defined by Fc receptors.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1980|
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