Journal article

PREVENTION OF AUTOIMMUNITY IN NONOBESE DIABETIC (NOD) MICE BY NEONATAL TRANSFER OF ALLOGENEIC THYMIC MACROPHAGES

HM GEORGIOU, D CONSTANTINOU, TE MANDEL

AUTOIMMUNITY | HARWOOD ACAD PUBL GMBH | Published : 1995

Abstract

Nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice spontaneously develop insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. The disease results from an autoimmune process which involves mononuclear cells surrounding and eventually infiltrating the pancreatic islets of Langerhans. Macrophages are thought to be the first cells to infiltrate the islets and are actively involved in the disease process because diabetes is prevented if host macrophages are depleted or inactivated. Several lines of evidence also suggest that NOD macrophages are phenotypically and functionally abnormal. In this study, allogeneic (CBA) macrophages derived from the thymus were inoculated into newborn NOD mice and these were followed for more than 250 da..

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