Journal article

Expression of a bcl-2 transgene reduces proliferation and slows turnover of developing B lymphocytes in vivo

LA OReilly, AW Harris, DM Tarlinton, LM Corcoran, A Strasser

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY | AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS | Published : 1997

Abstract

B lymphocyte differentiation proceeds through a series of alternating stages of proliferative expansion interspersed with noncycling stationary phases during which cells undergo either positive selection or apoptotic cell death. The molecular control of cell cycle progression and that of apoptosis appear to be interconnected. Overexpression of Bcl-2 in lymphocytes or fibroblasts antagonizes apoptosis and delays their transition from the quiescent state into the cell cycle. We have undertaken a systematic analysis of the impact of bcl-2 transgene expression on cell cycle distribution and turnover rate of developing B lymphocytes in normal mice and in mutant animals in which B cell differentia..

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