Journal article

Intermediate steps in positive selection: differentiation of CD4 8int TCRint thymocytes into CD4-8 TCRhi thymocytes.

K Lundberg, W Heath, F Köntgen, FR Carbone, K Shortman

Journal of Experimental Medicine | Published : 1995


The differentiation potential of putative intermediates between CD4+8+ thymocytes and mature T cells has been examined. Such intermediate populations were sorted, in parallel with CD4+8+ thymocytes, from three types of C57BL/6 mice: major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II-deficient mice, mice transgenic for an alpha/beta T cell receptor (TCR) restricted by class I MHC and normal mice. The sorted populations were then transferred into the thymus of nonirradiated C57BL/Ka mice differing in Thy 1 allotype, and the progeny of the transferred cells were analyzed 2 d later. Surprisingly, with all three types of donor mice, a major proportion of the CD4+8intTCRint-derived progeny were found..

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