The ABA-specific antibody response of A/J mice (Igh Ie) is dominated by the CRIa idiotype. In contrast, BALB/c mice (Igh Ia) do not produce CRIa-bearing anti-ABA antibodies after antigenic challenge. We have shown previously that treatment with rabbit anti-CRIa (R-anti-CRIa) induces the expression of "CRIa-like" anti-arsonate antibodies in BALB/c mice. In the present report, we demonstrate that R-anti-CRIa treatment enables BALB/c mice to respond to A/J ABA-specific first-order suppressor molecules (TsF1). Manipulated BALB/c also produced CRIa bearing ABA-specific immune response. Thus, R-anti-CRIa treatment induces a change in the characteristic Igh restriction pattern typically seen in this system. These data suggest that Igh restriction in the ABA-specific T suppressor cell pathway is the result of CRIa+ dominance in the T suppressor cell response of A/J mice. The effectiveness of idiotypic manipulation in inducing the expression of a given idiotype at both the B cell and T suppressor cell levels is discussed.

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