B-CELL PRODUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN ADULT RATS
The B-cell development in a group of rats was suppressed for the first 45 days of life by serial administration of rabbit anti-rat IgM and IgD antibody. Total or near total suppression of B lymphopoiesis was achieved. At 45 days, suppression was stopped by injection of IgM and IgD rat paraproteins. The sequence of B-cell and plasma cell development following suppression was assessed by immunohistological analysis of spleen lymph nodes and small intestinal lamina propria. The main findings are listed below. (i) Complete reconstitution of B-cell numbers occurs within 8 days, at which stage germinal centres are also present. (ii) B lymphopoiesis in the red pulp of the spleen differs from that reported for bone marrow. Cells develop expressing surface sIgM and sIgM with IgA, but not sIgD. (iii) sIgD positive cells first appear in splenic follicles 2 days after stopping suppression, but their appearance in lymph nodes is delayed until after 3 days. At this stage sIgD positive cells become apparent in the splenic red pulp. (iv) IgM plasma cells appear from day 4. IgA plasma cells in the gut appear in small numbers at day 6, and gradually increase to normal numbers by day 14. (v) sIgG2c expression in the splenic marginal zone did not approach normal levels, even 2 weeks after suppression was stopped.
Bibliographic Reference: IMMUNOLOGY, VOL. 54 (1985), PP. 79-88
Record Number: 1989124006600 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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