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Thymus. 1996;24(2):111-27.

Increased numbers of CD5+ B cells in the thymus of estradiol benzoate-treated rats.

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Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Biology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

In the present work we combine both flow cytometry and in situ immunohistochemical techniques to study the changes affecting a minor B cell population described within the normal rat thymus, after treatment with estradiol benzoate (EB). Our results, in agreement with previous data, show that the vast majority of these intrathymic B cells are CD5+. The existence of CD5+ B cells was confirmed flow cytometrically in both cervical lymph nodes and spleen of control, adult Wistar rats. Moreover, after EB administration intrathymic B cells increased significantly especially in those rats receiving 500 micrograms of EB, constituting cell masses around the blood vessels of cortico-medullary area and in the thymic medulla. We discuss the significance of this increased number of intrathymic CD5+ B cells, which is probably due to a selective cell migration from the periphery into the thymus, from the view of the effects of estradiol on the thymic vascular permeability.

PMID:
8728356
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