Detection of antigen specific rosette formation with the FACS

Alex W. Tong, Arthur A. Vandenbark, William Kraybill, David Regan, Denis R. Burger

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Donors previously sensitized to conventional antigens PPD and KLH were evaluated for their antigen binding responses, utilizing a rosette forming technique with antigen-conjugated autologous erythrocytes. Reactivity is directly correlated with prior sensitization. Furthermore, antigen specificity is suggested by inhibition of rosette formation by prior incubation with the relevant antigen. The frequency of RFCs detected cytofluorometrically was compared with conventional fluorescent microscopy determinations. RFCs detected in this manner were identified as antibody armed monocytes by cell depletion and histochemical studies. The usefulness of the rosette forming technique for the routine evaluation of donor immunity is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 14 1983


  • antigen recognition
  • antigen specific rosettes
  • flow cytometry
  • monocytes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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