Journal article

Unbiased analysis, enrichment and purification of thymic stromal cells

Daniel HD Gray, Anne L Fletcher, Maree Hammett, Natalie Seach, Tomoo Ueno, Lauren F Young, Jade Barbuto, Richard L Boyd, Ann P Chidgey

J. Immunol. Methods | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2008


The microenvironment of the thymus consists of functionally discrete niches composed of distinct stromal cell subsets. Clinically relevant changes affecting T-cell differentiation occur within these niches with age and injury caused by irradiation and chemotherapy treatments. The study of thymic stromal cells has been hampered by the technical difficulty in isolating significant numbers of this important population. Here we present an improved protocol for enzymatic isolation of stromal cells that enables comparative flow cytometric analyses and their purification for downstream cellular or molecular analysis. Fractions analyzed throughout enzymatic digestion of the thymus revealed that vari..

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