The shedding of the mobile Fc receptor (FcR1) and the depletion of the immobile Fc receptor (FcR11) bearing human lymphocytes revealed that human natural killer cells belong to the FcR11-bearing population. Anti-beta-2-microglobulin treatment of the effector cells decreased natural cytotoxicity against some target cells and the detectability of H LA antigens, indicating that histocompatibility antigens or related structures may be involved in natural cytotoxicity. Using a panel of 29 autologous and allogenic PHA-stimulated target cells and peripheral lymphocytes from the same donors as the effector cells, distinct cytotoxic responses against allogeneic and autologous target cells were observed. A computer analysis of selective natural cytotoxicity distinguished seven different groups of target cells that may represent common structures for NK. recognition.
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