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Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 1992;97(4):330-6.

CD23 expression in aged rats.

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University of Louvain, Faculty of Medicine, Experimental Immunology Unit, Brussels, Belgium.


CD23 is considered as an activation marker. Its expression on lymphocytes was studied during aging by using 1- to 142-week-old rats. Before analysis, all animals were injected with monoclonal IgE, in order to detect their full expression of CD23 molecules on their lymphocyte surface membranes. In elderly rats, a decrease was observed in the percentages of CD23+ lymphocytes from mesenteric lymph nodes, spleen, Peyer's patches and peripheral blood. In addition, these lymphocytes expressed significantly fewer CD23 molecules per cell. Almost all CD23+ cells belonged to the B lineage and were bearing both IgM and IgD on their membranes. It is suggested that a decrease in the number of both IgM+IgD+CD23+ lymphocytes and CD23 molecules per cell may contribute to immune deficiency in the elderly.

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