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The IL-2/IL-2-Receptor Complex in the Maturation of Rat T-Cell Progenitors

Authors
Journal
Developmental Immunology
1044-6672
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Publication Date
Volume
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1155/1998/95861
Keywords
  • Research Article

Abstract

On the basis of both the interleukin-2-receptor (IL-2R) α-chain expression on 16-day-old fetal rat thymocytes and the occurrence of interleukin-2 (IL-2) mRNA-containing cells early during rat thymus ontogeny, we have investigated the possible role of IL-2/IL-2R complex in rat T-cell maturation. For this purpose, we analyzed the effects of the addition of either recombinant rat IL- 2 or anti-CD25 (OX-39)-blocking monoclonal antibodies to fetal thymus organ cultures (FTOC), established from 16-day-old rat embryos. IL-2 stimulated the growth of thymocytes and, as a result, induced T-cell differentiation, whereas OX-39 mAb blocked the maturation of thymic-cell progenitors. Accordingly, these results support the involvement of IL-2/IL-2R complex in rat Tcell development.

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