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Thymic export in aged sheep: a continuous role for the thymus throughout pre- and postnatal life

CP Cunningham, WG Kimpton, JE Holder, RNP Cahill



A diverse repertoire among peripheral T cells is established in early life by thymic export when the naive T cell pool is first formed. In contrast, during adult life the thymus has been thought to play only a minor role in T cell homeostasis. As individuals age there is an increasing proportion of peripheral T cells bearing a memory phenotype, as well as a corresponding decrease in the number of naive T cells. The change in the composition of the peripheral T cell pool with age is thought to occur as a result of reduced or completely curtailed thymic export following thymic involution at puberty together with the antigen-driven expansion of naive T cells in the periphery. We examined thymic..

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