The transient appearance of IgM in the bile of rats injected intravenously with horse erythrocytes (HRBC) correlated with the occurrence of anti-HRBC IgM-secreting cells in the liver. Both responses were reduced in animals splenectomised at the time of immunisation. When rats were given 2 injections of HRBC spaced by 28 days, IgG, IgA and IgM antibody-forming cells (AFC) were detected in the liver along with IgM and non-IgM anti-HRBC antibody in bile. There was a 10-fold increase in the total numbers of mononuclear cells (MNC) retrievable from the liver at the height of the biliary antibody response, the majority of which were not AFC. These results suggest that antigen entering the spleen stimulates the release of a population of MNC which may localise in the liver and that a minor portion of these produces specific antibody which is secreted into bile.
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|International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology
|Published - 1987