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J Immunol. 1997 May 1;158(9):4211-22.

Distribution of Ly-6C on lymphocyte subsets: I. Influence of allotype on T lymphocyte expression.

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Department of Pathology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City 52242, USA.


The expression patterns of the Ly-6C Ag were examined on splenic and thymic lymphocyte subsets of Ly-6.1 and Ly-6.2 strains of mice using the rat mAb 15.1. Ly-6C is expressed on subsets of CD4+ and CD8+ splenocytes, and a portion of NK cells. Within the splenic and lymph node CD4+ T cell compartment, Ly-6C expression is restricted to Ly-6.2 strains of mice, and is present on a subset of naive cells. Ly-6C is expressed on the majority of peripheral CD8+ T cells in both Ly-6.1 and Ly-6.2 strains, and is found primarily on the Ag-experienced subset. In the thymus, Ly-6C is present on subpopulations of CD4- CD8+, CD4- CD8-, and CD4+ CD8- cells. Ly-6C+ CD4- CD8+ thymocytes show a mature phenotype, while Ly-6C+ CD4- CD8- and Ly-6C+ CD4+ CD8- thymocytes appear to be part of the recently described NK1.1+ alphabeta TCR+ population. On account of the marked differences in Ly-6C expression on peripheral CD4+ T cells from Ly-6.1 and Ly-6.2 strains of mice, additional experiments were undertaken to assess Ly-6C expression in parental and Ly-6.1 x Ly-6.2 F1 mice. Neither phenotype dominated in the F1 offspring, with frequencies of Ly-6C+ CD4+ splenocytes falling in the intermediate range. Further experiments compared the staining patterns of the rat anti-pan Ly-6C (Ly-6.1 and Ly-6.2) Ab with a mouse anti-Ly-6.2 allotype specific Ab, with emphasis on both Ly-6.2 and Ly-6.1 x Ly-6.2 F1 mice. The results demonstrate the presence of lymphocytes that express the pan form of Ly-6C but not the form recognized by the alloantibody. This latter finding suggests the presence of more than one form of the Ly-6C Ag.

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