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Homeostatic Proliferation of Mature T Cells

  • Christopher E. Martin
  • Kwesi Frimpong-Boateng
  • Darina S. Spasova
  • John C. Stone
  • Charles D. Surh
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 979)

Abstract

Under normal circumstances, the secondary lymphoid tissues contain a predictable number of T cells with a diverse T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire. Such a T cell pool must be of sufficient size to confer maximum protection of the host from infectious pathogens and cancer, but small enough not to overburden the host. The T cell pool is maintained by a combination of de novo T cell production by the thymus and by the long-term survival and gradual turnover of mature T cells in the periphery. The latter process, termed homeostatic proliferation, has been intensely investigated over the past 20 years, and a few techniques have been developed to facilitate these studies. In this chapter, we describe the experimental procedures that allow conspicuous visualization of homeostatic proliferation, which have been instrumental in facilitating recent advances in the study of T cell homeostasis.

Key words

CFSE CellTrace Violet Cell Proliferation Dye eFluor 670 T cell proliferation CD45 CD90 Lymphopenic mice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher E. Martin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kwesi Frimpong-Boateng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Darina S. Spasova
    • 1
    • 2
  • John C. Stone
    • 2
  • Charles D. Surh
    • 3
  1. 1.Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences, Kellogg School of Science and Technology, The Scripps Research InstituteLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Immunology and Microbial ScienceThe Scripps Research InstituteLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Academy of Immunology and Microbiology (AIM), Institute of Basic Science (IBS) Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)PohangRepublic of Korea

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