In a previous publication a monoclonal antibody (B16G) which appeared to recognize T suppressor cells and a T-suppressor factor (TsF) in the spleens of DBA/2 mice was described. B16G appears to be directed to a public specificity of DBA/2 TsF and therefore has been shown to inhibit a variety of immunological reactions. The present study involves preliminary characterization of the material with which B16G reacts. It was found that the B16G-reactive protein (putative TsF) could be absorbed and eluted specifically from a B16G immunoadsorbent column. Material eluting from the B16G column reacted with B16G in an ELISA and appeared to run as two or more bands of 40-45 kDa in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The eluted material was biologically active (i.e., suppressive) in the standard assay (mixed leukocyte reaction of DBA/2 splenocytes with B10.BR targets), and its suppressive activity was abrogated by the addition of B16G to the mixed leukocyte reaction cultures. Sephadex G-150 chromatography of the B16G-reactive material showed that under these conditions, its native molecular mass was between 80-90 kDa, indicating that it might occur as a dimer under natural conditions.
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