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Cell. 1993 Jul 16;74(1):143-56.

Normal B lymphocyte development but impaired T cell maturation in CD45-exon6 protein tyrosine phosphatase-deficient mice.

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Amgen Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The transmembrane tyrosine phosphatase CD45 is expressed in multiple isoforms on all nucleated hematopoietic cells, resulting from alternative splicing of variable exons. We generated mice with a mutation in the variable CD45 exon 6, using homologous recombination. In mice homozygous for the CD45-exon6 mutation, B cells and most T cells did not express CD45. Development of B cells appeared normal, although Ig mu-induced proliferation was completely abrogated. Thymocyte maturation was blocked at the transitional stage from immature CD4+CD8+ to mature CD4+ or CD8+ cells, and only a few T cells could be detected in peripheral lymphoid organs. Clonal deletion of superantigen-reactive T cells still occurred. Cytotoxic T cell responses to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus were absent in CD45-exon6-/- mice. These data imply that CD45 is differentially required for the development and function of B and T lymphocytes.

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