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J Immunol. 1992 Dec 1;149(11):3753-8.

Differential expression of apoptosis-related Fas antigen on lymphocyte subpopulations in human peripheral blood.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan.


The Fas Ag is a newly defined cell-surface molecule that may mediate apoptosis. The antibody against Fas Ag can induce the apoptotic cell death in cell lines expressing this Ag. PBL subpopulations at various ages were here examined for Fas expression by two-or three-color flow-cytometric analyses using anti-Fas mAb. It was found that Fas Ag was appreciably detected on a proportion of T and B cells, whereas its expression was absent for NK cells. For CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, Fas Ag was expressed preferentially on CD45RO+ (memory or previously activated) populations, but not on CD45RO- naive ones. TCR-gamma/delta+ T cells, especially their CD45RO+ subsets, also expressed Fas Ag. Expectably, neonatal T cell subpopulations, most of which had the naive (CD45RO-) phenotype, expressed little Fas Ag. Fas-expressing B cells dominated in surface(s) IgD- populations, but neonatal B cells as well as adult sIgD+ B cells had little Fas Ag. The Fas Ag was inducible after in vitro mitogenic stimulation of naive T and B cells from neonatal blood. These observations suggested that expression of Fas Ag on T and B cells in the peripheral blood might reflect their in vivo Ag-activated status. In contrast to Fas-expressing cultured cell lines, however, viability of in vitro stimulated T and B cells as well as freshly isolated CD45RO+ T cells was not significantly changed after the treatment with anti-Fas mAb, indicating that additional cellular conditions to Fas expression might be required for anti-Fas-induced cell death.

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