Antigen-specific B and T lymphocytes make up the material grounds of immune memory, their main functional distinction from the so-called "naive" cells is due to the rapid and enhanced response to the antigen-pathogen. An essential distinction between the memory and naive T cells is different sensitivity of these two subpopulations of T lymphocytes to Ca2+-ionophores. Comparative analysis of Ca2+ responses of the immune memory T lymphocytes and naive T cells of mouse CBA/J line to the addition of Ca2+-mobilizing agents concanavalin A, thapsigargin, and ionomycin was carried out. These compounds in concentrations increasing [Ca2+]i in naive cells had no effect on [Ca2+]i in memory cells. Thus, the Ca2+ entrance into memory cells was not activated by exhaustion of intracellular resources. Estimation of intracellular resources of Ca2+, mobilized by ionomycin and thapsigargin in Ca2+ free medium has shown the absence in memory T cells of the intracellular Ca2+ pool, which may be one of factors of their resistance to ionophores. Reduction of the system of Ca2+ influx into memory T cells was shown using the SH-reagent thimerosal. Memory T cells appear to be resistant to "Ca2+ -paradox." Their incubation with 0.5 mM EDTA in the presence or absence of Ca2+ -mobilizing compounds followed by addition of 2 mM CaCl2 did not result in induction of Ca2+ influx into these cells.
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