Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 210–212 | Cite as

Estimation of the number of T lymphocytes and other rosette-forming cells in human blood in health and disease

  • R. V. Petrov
  • M. A. Stenina
  • K. A. Lebedev
Microbiology and Immunology


When the spontaneous rosette-formation test is used to assess the T system of immunity it is not sufficient simply to determine the relative percentage of rosette-forming cells. To obtain a true picture of the immune status the number of immunocompetent cells in 1 mm3 of the particular donor's blood must be determined. If the test is carried out with a leukocyte suspension, not only lymphocytes but also other cells with the property of binding sheep's red cells can also be taken into account.

Key Words

rosette-forming cells T lymphocytes 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. V. Petrov
    • 1
  • M. A. Stenina
  • K. A. Lebedev
  1. 1.Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSRUSSR

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