Journal article

Both intrathymic and peripheral selection modulate the differential expression of V beta 5 among CD4 and CD8 T cells.

PJ Fink, K Swan, G Turk, MW Moore, FR Carbone

J Exp Med | Published : 1992


Murine T cells expressing V beta 5 are characterized by (a) intrathymic deletion in the presence of I-E and products of endogenous mouse mammary tumor viruses, and (b) a greater representation in CD8+ relative to CD4+ peripheral T cells, thought to be due to more efficient intrathymic positive selection on class I rather than class II major histocompatibility complex antigens. We have engineered mice that are transgenic for a rearranged gene encoding a V beta 5+ beta chain of the T cell receptor for antigen. Deletion is not predicted in I-E- V beta 5+ transgenic mice, and until the age of 2 wk, the CD4/CD8 ratio of peripheral T cells is > 3:1 and indistinguishable between transgenic and nont..

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