Immunosuppressant from Group A Streptococci

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Science  23 Feb 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3817, pp. 880-881
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3817.880


A cytoplasmic component of group A streptococci suppresses both 19S and 7S antibody responses of mice to sheep erythrocytes. Partial purification is achieved by differential centrifugation and gel filtration. When the direct and indirect hemolytic plaque techniques are used, a single injection of this group A material given before injection of erythrocytes produces more than 90-percent suppression of either primary or secondary immune response.