An allergen-dependent in vitro model of immunoglobulin E (IgE) synthesis by human B cells is reported. Using this model, it is demonstrated that polyclonal T cells and CD4+ Dermatophagoides spp. (house dust mite)-specific T-cell clones derived from an atopic, house dust mite (HDM)-allergic individual are able to support IgE synthesis by autologous B cells. The helper activity was interleukin-4 (IL-4) dependent as only cloned T cells expressing detectable mRNA for IL-4 were able to induce IgE synthesis without the addition of exogenous IL-4. Peripheral and cloned T cells reactive with HDM could also be identified from a non-atopic individual but neither population was able to support IgE production even in the presence of exogenous IL-4.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1989|