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Transient antibody deficiency and abnormal t-suppressor cells induced by phenytoin


The lack of normal  B-cell  differentiation in patients with acquired or congenital antibody  deficiency may reflect abnormalities inherent in cells of B-lymphoid  lineage or may  involve abnormalities of regulatory (suppressor) cells. Circulating suppressor T cells,  which interfere with IgM secretion in a plaque-forming-cell assay, have been found in 60 per cent of these patients,  but their role in the pathogenesis of the disease is unclear. … Read more