Enhanced in vitro proliferative responses to DNBSO3 were seen in lymph node cells and spleen cells after in vivo sensitization of mice with DNFB plus AmB compared with mice primed with DNFB alone. The T cell proliferation in the nylon column nonadherent fraction for both groups was highly similar, and the enhanced lymph node cell proliferation with AmB was demonstrated to be in the nylon adherent population consisting of both T and B cells.
These and earlier studies of immunopotentiation by AmB are consistent with a mechanism that depends on selective interaction of the polyene with a subset of T cells and a resultant impairment of the normally induced suppressor regulation that limits the magnitude and duration of immune responses.
This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health Grants Nos. Pol CA 15665 and 5 T32 CA 09118.