We have analysed the ability of T cells from synovial fluid mononuclear cells (SFMC) and from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of inflammatory arthritic diseases to proliferate in response to mycobacterial antigens (65-kDa heat shock protein [hsp] of BCG, whole BCG) and to rat collagen type II. The SFMC demonstrated a significantly greater ability to respond to 65-kDa hsp of BCG, and to whole BCG, compared with PBMC from the same patients. With collagen type II, only a small proporti...Expand abstract
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Synovial cells responding to a 65-kDa mycobacterial heat shock protein have a high proportion of a TcR gamma delta subtype uncommon in peripheral blood.
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