Hemocytes (effectors) of Ciona intestinalis showed a natural cytotoxic capacity (HCA) when assayed in vitro against erythrocytes (targets). Cytotoxic cells lysed, to a variable extent, rabbit (RE), human (A, B, O), guinea pig, and sheep (SE) erythrocytes. Hemocyte cytotoxic activity (HCA) assayed against SE is a calcium-dependent reaction, occurs rapidly (15-30 min), at 25-37°C over a wide range of pH (5.4-8.0). Assays were carried out using: 1) the medium in which hemocytes were maintained, 2) the soluble portion of hemocyte lysates, and 3) debris prepared from hemocyte lysates. Results suggest that HCA is a cell-mediated process that requires effector-target cell contacts. Anti-SE (calcium-dependent) and anti-RE (calcium-independent) agglutinins were also found in the reaction medium, probably released by hemocytes as a consequence of the in vitro experiments. The occurrence of HCA was independent of any allogeneic reaction between mixed hemocytes. Various levels of cytotoxic activity reveal hemocyte specificity. © 1993.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Developmental and Comparative Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Biology