Journal article

Nucleoside transport and proliferative rate in human thymocytes and lymphocytes.

CL Smith, LM Pilarski, ML Egerton, JS Wiley

Blood | Published : 1989


The thymus is a site of active T-lymphoid cell proliferation and DNA synthesis. In this study, the capacity of human thymocytes for nucleoside transport was assessed both by cytosine arabinoside influx and by equilibrium binding of nitrobenzylmercaptopurine riboside (NBMPR), a specific ligand for the equilibrative nucleoside transporter of leukocytes. The proportion of freshly isolated thymocytes synthesizing DNA was 8.6% +/- 2.1% (n = 12) by 3H-thymidine labeling index and 7.8% +/- 2.9% (n = 4) S-phase cells by flow cytometric analysis of DNA content. In comparison, both methods gave proliferation S-phase values less than 1% for peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). Thymocytes expressed a hi..

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