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J Exp Med. 1998 May 4;187(9):1427-38.

A role for Fas in negative selection of thymocytes in vivo.

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  • 1Department of Immunology, IMM4, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037, USA.

Abstract

To seek information on the role of Fas in negative selection, we examined subsets of thymocytes from normal neonatal mice versus Fas-deficient lpr/lpr mice injected with graded doses of antigen. In normal mice, injection of 1-100 microg of staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) induced clonal elimination of SEB-reactive Vbeta8+ cells at the level of the semi-mature population of HSAhi CD4+ 8- cells found in the thymic medulla; deletion of CD4+ 8+ cells was minimal. SEB injection also caused marked elimination of Vbeta8+ HSAhi CD4+ 8- thymocytes in lpr/lpr mice. Paradoxically, however, elimination of these cells in lpr/lpr mice was induced by low-to-moderate doses of SEB (</=1 microg) but not by high doses (100 microg). Similar findings applied when T cell receptor transgenic mice were injected with specific peptide. These findings suggest that clonal elimination of semi-mature medullary T cells is Fas independent at low doses of antigen but Fas dependent at high doses. Previous reports documenting that negative selection is not obviously impaired in lpr/lpr mice could thus reflect that the antigens studied were expressed at only a low level.

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PMC2212270
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