Histotopography of α-Gustdusin- and T2R3-Expressing Lymphocytes in Mouse Spleen
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Histotopography of lymphocytes expressing bitter taste receptors of T2R family and α-gustducin (receptor-associated subunit of the G-protein complex) in mouse spleen in the norm and in 48 h after intraperitoneal administration of LPS was studied by the immunohistochemical method. Two populations of immunopositive lymphocytes expressing the above proteins were detected in the spleen; they were located in the marginal zones of lymphoid follicles and periarteriolar lymphoid sheaths. In most α-gustducin-positive lymphocytes, co-expression of α-gustducin and CD19 (B-cell marker) was found. Intraperitoneal administration of LPS significantly increased the number of gustducinergic lymphocytes in periarteriolar lymphoid sheaths. We hypothesize that spleen lymphocytes with gustducin signaling are involved in T-dependent immune response to the blood bacterial polysaccharides.
Key WordsT2R3 receptor α-gustducin spleen lymphocytes
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