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Development of B cells in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue of mid-gestational fetal lambs.
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PMID:  12697320     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Intestinal mucosal immune system development was investigated in fetal lambs from 61 to 110 days (term, 150 days). Fetal small intestine was examined at 400 mm intervals for the presence of IgM(+) cells. The first phase of B cell development was characterised by increase in B cell density throughout the jejunum from 65 days. Increase in density was greatest in the proximal jejunum and declined progressively approaching the ileum. The second phase entailed a decrease in jejunal B cell concentration, evident from 90 days. The average number of cells per field diminished, by 110 days, to a 10th that at 90 days. Failure of B cell increase to match a five-fold intestinal lengthening may have contributed to this. Overlapping the two phases of jejunal B cell development was a third phase of major expansion of B cell density in the terminal ileum.
Noorjahan Alitheen; Susan McClure; Peter McCullagh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental and comparative immunology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0145-305X     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev. Comp. Immunol.     Publication Date:    2003 Jun-Jul
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-16     Completed Date:  2003-12-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708205     Medline TA:  Dev Comp Immunol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  639-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Developmental Physiology Group, John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University, Box 334, ACT 2601, Canberra, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
B-Lymphocytes / immunology*
Cell Differentiation / immunology
Fetus / immunology*
Gastrointestinal Tract / immunology
Lymphoid Tissue / immunology
Sheep / embryology*

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