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J Immunol Methods. 1992 Feb 5;146(2):145-54.

Details of an isolation method for hepatic lymphocytes in mice.

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Department of Immunology, Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan.


The liver comprises a unique lymphocyte population, i.e., extrathymic alpha beta T cells with TcR of intermediate intensity. In the present study, we attempted to determine what pretreatments were appropriate to isolate hepatic mononuclear cells (MNC) containing such intermediate alpha beta TcR cells in mice. Hepatic MNC were isolated from untreated mice and mice subjected to either bleeding or liver perfusion, and the intermediate alpha beta TcR cells in each preparation were identified. For reasons of simplicity, cell purity and cell yields, hepatic lymphocytes should be obtained from mice subjected to total bleeding. Additional information on extrathymic alpha beta T cells obtained by using the recommended method is also presented.

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