Theileria parva: bovine helper T cell clones specific for both infected lymphocytes and schizont membrane antigens.

W. C. Brown, C. Sugimoto, D. J. Grab

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Two Theileria parva-specific bovine helper T cell clones were used to identify T. parva-derived antigens expressed on the surface of schizont infected lymphoblastoid cells. Although the clones proliferated in response to both the immunizing (Muguga) and heterologous stocks of T. parva, the patterns of the responses differed, showing that the two clones recognized different antigenic epitopes. Both clones were stimulated by autologous infected cells, without an additional source of antigen-presenting cells, as well as by purified schizonts and by a subcellular membrane fraction prepared from infected lymphoblastoid cells, when antigen-presenting cells were present. The membrane fraction was shown to be enriched for schizont membranes as indicated by the presence of a schizont surface antigen detected by immunoblotting using a schizont-specific monoclonal antibody. Elimination of schizonts with the anti-theilerial drug, parvaquone, resulted in reduced antigenicity of the membrane fraction as detected by both the T cell clones and the schizont-specific monoclonal antibody. We conclude that the T. parva-infected cell surface antigens recognized by the T cell clones are of schizont membrane origin. Although the antigens have not yet been characterized biochemically, the monoclonal antibody-specific epitope appears to be distinguishable from the T cell epitopes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-248
Number of pages15
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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