Samuel Strober

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  • Heterogeneity of NK1.1(+) T cells in the bone marrow: Divergence from the thymus JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY Zeng, D. F., Gazit, G., Dejbakhsh-Jones, S., Balk, S. P., Snapper, S., Taniguchi, M., Strober, S. 1999; 163 (10): 5338-5345


    NK1.1+ T cells in the mouse thymus and bone marrow were compared because some marrow NK1.1+ T cells have been reported to be extrathymically derived. Almost all NK1.1+ T cells in the thymus were depleted in the CD1-/-, beta2m-/-, and Jalpha281-/- mice as compared with wild-type mice. CD8+NK1.1+ T cells were not clearly detected, even in the wild-type mice. In bone marrow from the wild-type mice, CD8+NK1.1+ T cells were easily detected, about twice as numerous as CD4+NK1.1+ T cells, and were similar in number to CD4-CD8-NK1.1+ T cells. All three marrow NK1.1+ T cell subsets were reduced about 4-fold in CD1-/- mice. No reduction was observed in CD8+NK1.1+ T cells in the bone marrow of Jalpha281-/- mice, but marrow CD8+NK1.1+ T cells were markedly depleted in beta2m-/- mice. All NK1.1+ T cell subsets in the marrow of wild-type mice produced high levels of IFN-gamma, IL-4, and IL-10. Although the numbers of marrow CD4-CD8-NK1.1+ T cells in beta2m-/- and Jalpha281-/- mice were similar to those in wild-type mice, these cells had a Th1-like pattern (high IFN-gamma, and low IL-4 and IL-10). In conclusion, the large majority of NK1.1+ T cells in the bone marrow are CD1 dependent. Marrow NK1.1+ T cells include CD8+, Valpha14-Jalpha281-, and beta2m-independent subsets that are not clearly detected in the thymus.

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