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Histochem J. 1995 Jul;27(7):547-54.

Spatial distribution of L-selectin (CD62L) on human lymphocytes and transfected murine L1-2 cells.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.


We have examined the topographical distribution of L-selectin on surface membrane domains of human lymphocytes and murine L1-2 cells transfected to express human L-selectin. L-selectin was immunolocalized using murine monoclonal DREG 200 Fab antibody and a 12 nm colloidal gold-conjugated secondary antibody. Cell surface morphology and surface distribution of gold-labelled L-selectin were visualized using backscatter electron images obtained by high-resolution, field emission scanning electron microscopy. The topographical morphologies of lymphocytes of both types were complex. The surface of human lymphocytes was composed of both microvilli and ruffles; that of the murine cells was composed of long microvilli and few, if any, ruffles. L-selectin on human lymphocytes was observed primarily as focal clusters on the apical surfaces of ruffles and microvilli. Similarly, on the transfected murine cells, L-selectin was detected predominantly on the apical surface of microvilli. We conclude that L-selectin has a common spatial distribution and clustered organization on all leukocytes examined to-date, and that these features of receptor expression likely facilitate rolling of circulating leukocytes on the endothelial surface.

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