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J Immunol Methods. 2003 Mar 1;274(1-2):177-84.

Characterization of an interleukin-7-dependent thymic cell line derived from a p53(-/-) mouse.

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Laboratory of Molecular Immunoregulation, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD 21702, USA.


In order to study the response of T cells to IL-7, we aimed to generate an IL-7-dependent thymocyte line. CD4(-)CD8(-) thymocytes from a p53(-)/(-) mouse were continuously propagated in interleukin-7 (IL-7), and after 2 months there developed an immortal line termed "D1." The D1 line has retained a stable dependency on IL-7. Withdrawal of IL-7 from D1 cells induced arrest in G1 phase of the cell cycle, followed by apoptosis. In addition to IL-7, several other cytokines that employ gamma(c) as part of their receptor were also capable of stimulating D1 cell survival and proliferation. Gene induction by IL-7 was analyzed in D1 cells using RNase protection and array analysis and revealed a number of transcripts potentially involved in cell cycle, apoptosis and signaling.

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