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A cortisone sensitive CD3low subset of CD4+Ce8- thymocytes represents an intermediate stage in intrathymic repertoire selection


Crompton, Tessa; Ohashi, Pamela; Schneider, Shila D; Pircher, Hanspeter; MacDonald, H Robson (1992). A cortisone sensitive CD3low subset of CD4+Ce8- thymocytes represents an intermediate stage in intrathymic repertoire selection. International Immunology, 4(2):153-161.

Abstract

Two populations of CD4 single positive (SP) thymocytes were found In transgenic mice bearing class l-restricted Mls-1a reactive (Vβ8.1) TCR genes in the absence of the restriction element. CD3high CD4 sp cells were deleted In the presence of Mls-15 and were cortisone resistant, whereas CD3low CD4 SP cells were not deleted In the presence of Mls-1* and were cortisone sensitive. Intravenous transfer of CD3low CD4 SP cells into nude mice resulted in significant peripheral expansion of these cells with apparent upregulation of CD3. These data Indicate that CD3low CD4 SP thymocytes represent an Intermediate stage In the transition from CDSlow double positive (DP) to CD3high SP thymocytes and raise the possibility that these cells may have undergone positive but not negative selection events (at least to Mls-1a). Furthermore the fact that CD3high DP thymocytes were also deleted by Mls-1a in these mice suggests strongly that sensitivity to Mls-1a deletion is dependent upon stage of thymic maturation (as revealed by TCR density) rather than CD4/CD8 phenotype

Abstract

Two populations of CD4 single positive (SP) thymocytes were found In transgenic mice bearing class l-restricted Mls-1a reactive (Vβ8.1) TCR genes in the absence of the restriction element. CD3high CD4 sp cells were deleted In the presence of Mls-15 and were cortisone resistant, whereas CD3low CD4 SP cells were not deleted In the presence of Mls-1* and were cortisone sensitive. Intravenous transfer of CD3low CD4 SP cells into nude mice resulted in significant peripheral expansion of these cells with apparent upregulation of CD3. These data Indicate that CD3low CD4 SP thymocytes represent an Intermediate stage In the transition from CDSlow double positive (DP) to CD3high SP thymocytes and raise the possibility that these cells may have undergone positive but not negative selection events (at least to Mls-1a). Furthermore the fact that CD3high DP thymocytes were also deleted by Mls-1a in these mice suggests strongly that sensitivity to Mls-1a deletion is dependent upon stage of thymic maturation (as revealed by TCR density) rather than CD4/CD8 phenotype

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Immunology and Allergy
Life Sciences > Immunology
Language:English
Date:1 January 1992
Deposited On:16 Oct 2018 14:27
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:50
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0953-8178
OA Status:Green
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/intimm/4.2.153

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