Ly-6A/E molecules are expressed on the surface of T cells and have been shown to function in activation by the capacity of anti-Ly-6A/E mAb to induce T cell hybridomas or normal T cells to produce IL-2. Recent evidence suggests that activation through Ly-6A/E may be linked to the TCR signaling pathway. To further investigate the relationship between Ly-6- and TCR-induced T cell activation, we have examined whether an anti-Ly-6A/E mAb (D7) modulates TCR signaling in vitro. We now report that mAb D7 specifically inhibited IL-2 production by T cells also activated through TCR. Such inhibition was noted for normal T cells stimulated by soluble anti-CD3 or alloantigen and for T hybridomas stimulated by soluble anti-CD3. The ability of D7 to inhibit IL-2 production by T hybridomas was dependent on the nature of the TCR activating signal because IL-2 production was not inhibited when T hybridomas were stimulated with Ag or immobilized anti-CD3. Inhibition of IL-2 production by D7 apparently required cross-linking of the mAb because D7 F(ab')2 fragments were not effective for inhibition of IL-2 production. Similar to its ability to enhance anti-Ly-6A/E-induced activation of T and B cells, IFN-gamma enhanced the D7-induced inhibition of IL-2 production by alloantigen-activated normal T cells. These data further support the notion that Ly-6 and TCR signaling pathways are interrelated.

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