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J Immunol. 2005 Oct 1;175(7):4374-82.

The death receptor Fas (CD95/APO-1) mediates the deletion of T lymphocytes undergoing homeostatic proliferation.

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Immunobiology Division, Department of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT 05405, USA.


Murine T cells adoptively transferred into syngeneic lymphopenic recipients undergo proliferation. Despite continued cell division, this lymphopenia-induced or homeostatic proliferation of a limited number of transferred T cells does not fill the T cell compartment. The continued expansion of the transferred T cells, even after stable T cell numbers have been reached, suggests that active cell death prevents further increase in T cell number. In this study, we show that wild-type T cells undergoing homeostatic proliferation are sensitive to Fas-mediated cell death. In the absence of Fas, T cells accumulate to significantly higher levels after transfer into lymphopenic recipients. Fas is, thus, a principal regulator of the expansion of peripheral T cells in response to self-peptide/MHC during T cell homeostasis. As Fas-deficient lpr mice manifest no significant abnormalities in thymic negative selection or in foreign Ag-induced peripheral T cell deletion, their lymphadenopathy may result from unrestrained homeostatic proliferation.

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