Activation and migration of allo-peptide specific TCR transgenic T cells in cardiac allograft rejection

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  • T cells from TCR transgenic mice, expressing receptors specific for an allogeneic MHC class I peptide, were used to track T cell activation and migration in normal adoptive recipients that were subsequently transplanted with heterotopic hearts that were syngeneic except for a transgenic MHC class I antigen. T cells rapidly disappeared from the blood into the lymphoid tissues where they were activated within one day after transplantation. T cells initially formed discrete clusters in the spleen and lymph nodes. After proliferating for 2-4 days in lymphoid tissues, T cells reappeared in the blood and migrated to the heart and the intestines. The T cells underwent another round of proliferation in the heart, but not the intestines, and induced cardiac rejection uniformly on 6 day. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Honjo K; Xu XY; Kapp JA; Bucy RP
  • Start Page

  • 44
  • End Page

  • 55
  • Volume

  • 230
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  • 1