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Hayakawa K , Lin BT , Hardy RR
Murine Thymic Cd4+ T-Cell Subsets - a Subset (Thyo) That Secretes Diverse Cytokines and Overexpresses the V-Beta-8 T- Cell Receptor Gene Family
Journal of Experimental Medicine. 1992 Jul 1;176(1) :269-274
PMID: ISI:A1992JA75900029   
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We demonstrate here the presence of a distinct mature CD4+8- T cell subset in mouse thymus. This subset, termed "Thy0," is delineated by the absence of 3G11 expression from about half of the 6C10-/HSA(low/-) fraction of CD4+8- thymic cells. Thy0 is detectable from the neonatal period and largely contributes the Th0-type diverse cytokine production previously reported for the HSA(low/-) CD4+ thymic population. Further, cells expressing the T cell receptor V-beta-8 gene family are found at increasing frequency in Thy0 with age, comprising 40-60% of Thy0 in adult BALB/c mice. This alteration of V-beta-8+ cell frequency is unique to Thy0, since no other CD4+ subset in thymus or spleen shows such V-beta-8 overusage. All functional CD4+ T cell subsets, including Thy0, show appropriate V-beta clonal deletion associated with endogenous superantigens. Thus, it appears that Thy0 is an intrathymically generated secondary cell subset produced after CD4+ T cell selection.
English Note JA759 J EXP MED