Do T lymphocytes make plasma cell clones?
No. B lymphocyte cells are responsible for that.
Firstly, it's important to know that there are two types of T-cells:
1- helper T cells
2- killer T cells (cytotoxic T cells)
- T helper cells have receptors that detect the presence of antigens that maybe presented on the surface of macrophages or infected body cells.
As a result, the start dividing and releasing cytokines (hormone-like chemicals) which activates a specific clone of B-cells that continuously divides by mitosis to form plasma cells that release antibodies into the blood.
- Cytokines released by T helper cells will also activate a specific clone of T killer cells to search the body for any infected cells and eventually kill them by for example, releasing hydrogen peroxide.