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Immunol Lett. 2002 Oct 21;84(1):57-62.

Differential expression of PD-L1 and PD-L2, ligands for an inhibitory receptor PD-1, in the cells of lymphohematopoietic tissues.

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Laboratory of Immunology and Cell Biology, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan.


PD-1 is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily expressed on immune cells, including T and B cells, and is involved in the delivery of inhibitory signal upon engagement of its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2. While the expression profile of PD-1 has been well documented, the analysis of PD-L1 and PD-L2 distributions on a protein basis has not been carried out because of the lack of available monoclonal antibodies specific for the molecules. In this study, we established two monoclonal antibodies, 1-111A and 122, specific for murine PD-L1 and PD-L2, respectively, and examined their expression profiles. Based on flow cytometric analyses, the expression of PD-L1 was detected in a variety of lymphohematopoietic cell types, including a minor proportion of T and B cells in the spleen, majority of pre-B cells and myeloid cells in bone marrow and subsets of thymocytes, while the expression of PD-L2 was not observed in the lymphohematopoietic cells at all. Notably, a significant proportion of the most immature lineage-marker-negative and c-Kit-positive bone marrow cells containing stem cells did express PD-L1. Following mitogenic stimulation, essentially all lymphocytes expressed PD-L1. Furthermore, a variety of leukemic lines also expressed PD-L1, while none of them did PD-L2. Thus, present results demonstrate the distinct expression patterns of PD-L1 and PD-L2 with the cells of lymphohematopoietic tissues exclusively expressing the former.

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