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Developmental Immunology
Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 299-315

Tolerance in TCR/Cognate Antigen Double-Transgenic Mice Mediated by Incomplete Thymic Deletion and Peripheral Receptor Downregulation

1lnstitute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Crete, Greece
2Division of Molecular Immunology, National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA, United Kingdom
3MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 ONN, United Kingdom
4Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, United Kingdom

Received 7 July 1995; Accepted 6 September 1995

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Influenza nucleoprotein (NP)-specific T-cell receptor transgenic mice (F5) were crossed with transgenic mice expressing the cognate antigenic protein under the control of the H- 2Kb promoter. Double-transgenic mice show negative selection of thymocytes at the CD4+8+TCR10 to CD4+8+TCRhi transition stage. A few CD8 T cells, however, escape clonal deletion, and in the peripheral lymphoid organs of these mice, they exhibit low levels of the transgenic receptor and upregulated levels of the CD44 memory marker. Such cells do not proliferate upon exposure to antigen stimulation in vivo or ex vivo, however, they can develop low but detectable levels of antigen-specific cytotoxic function after stimulation in vitro in the presence of IL-2.