The possibility that Ia antigens are unique among H-2 antigens in their relationship to the Fc receptor was investigated in an EA rosette assay. Antibody specific for antigens in various regions of the H-2 complex was incubated with mouse cells, and the ability of the cells to form rosettes with antibody-coated chicken erythrocytes was tested. Antibody raised against the H-2 antigens of Ia-negative tumor cells was highly effective in inhibiting rosette formation. A variety of antisera against K-, I-, and D-region antigens tested in recombinant mice inhibited EA rosette formation, suggesting that antigens in each of these regions could be detected in rosette inhibition. The F(ab′)2 fragments of all antisera tested also produced specific EA rosette inhibition. Finally, antibody against Ia antigens failed to inhibit bone marrow RFCs, although antibody against H-2K and H-2D antigens did inhibit. Although H-2 serology is in a state of rapid change at present, it must be concluded that in this assay, antibody against antigens in the K and D regions as well as the I region can inhibit EA rosette formation. Inhibition of these rosettes by anti H-2 sera is therefore not due to a special association of Ia antigens with Fc receptors.
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