Abnormal Immune Mechanism in Allogeneic Radiation Chimeras

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Science  06 Aug 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3684, pp. 645-647
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3684.645


Mice were subjected to x-rays (950 roentgens) and injected with isogeneic (isologous) or allogeneic (homnologous) bone marrow. Six to 8 months later these chimeras were injected with Salmonella typhi flagellar antigen, and the formation of antibodies resistant and sensitive to destruction by treatment in vitro with 2-mercaptoethanol was determined. The allogeneic chimeras showed almost normal amounts of serumn antibody after a third injection of antigen but a relative defect in their ability to synthesize antibody resistant to 2-mercaptoethanol. Apparently control of antibody formation becomes abnormal in the presence of the immunologic tolerance existing between the host and the foreign hematopoietic graft.