Differentiation of thymus cells

  • Irving L. Weissman
  • Myra Small
  • C. Garrison Fathman
  • Leonard A. Herzenberg
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The process of cellular differentiation in the thymus presumably leads to the development of immunocompetent peripheral “T” lymphocytes (1, 6). Although there are considerable data showing the existence of a small pool of immunocompetent cortisone-resistant, medullary thymocytes which, as a population, bear low concentration of Thy 1.2, lack TL antigens, and exhibit high concentrations of H-2, the identification of their immediate precursors is not yet known (1). Under conditions of parenteral hydrocortisone administration it has been demonstrated that at least some of the cortisone-resistant medullary thymocytes are derived from an intrathymic pool of cortisone-sensitive cortical precursors (7). In this paper we demonstrate the in vivo maturation of at least three lines of “mature” thymus cells from a precursor subclass using selective labeling of these precursors in situ as a marker.


Label Index Thymus Cell Thymic Lymphocyte Hydrocortisone Acetate Bright Cell 
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© Federation of American Societies 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irving L. Weissman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Myra Small
    • 1
    • 3
  • C. Garrison Fathman
    • 1
  • Leonard A. Herzenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Experimental Oncology, Department of Pathology and Department of GeneticsStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Salk InstituteSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Cell BiologyWeizmann Institute for ScienceRehovothIsrael

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