Lyphocyte migration in L-selectin-deficient mice. Altered subset migration and aging of the immune system.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Lymphocyte trafficking across high endothelial venules (HEV) of peripheral lymph nodes (PLN) is dependent upon lymphocyte expression of L-selectin. Mice that lack this adhesion molecule provide an opportunity to determine the long-term role of L-selectin-mediated migration in the maintenance of leukocyte subpopulations. HEV in L-selectin-deficient mice were phenotypically, morphologically, and functionally comparable with wild-type mice, although there was a 70 to 90% reduction in the number of lymphocytes within PLN. These lymphocytes most likely entered PLN through the afferent lymphatics, since they did not migrate into PLN of normal mice during short-term homing experiments. The impaired trafficking of lymphocytes across PLN-HEV resulted in the accumulation of memory (CD18highCD44high) lymphocytes within PLN, and also altered the distribution of lymphocyte subpopulations within other tissues. Specifically, a 30 to 55% increase in splenic cellularity occurred due to increases in both naive and memory lymphocytes. Circulating lymphocyte numbers or subpopulations were not altered in young L-selectin-deficient mice, but circulating monocyte numbers were increased nearly threefold. In contrast, older L-selectin-deficient mice had disproportionate increases of both naive and memory CD4+ T cells present within spleen and blood. These results and the finding that memory lymphocytes in wild-type mice expressed L-selectin demonstrate a requirement for L-selectin in the regulation of memory lymphocyte migration. Therefore, L-selectin-dependent pathways of lymphocyte migration are important for the normal migration of both naive and memory lymphocytes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Steeber, DA; Green, NE; Sato, S; Tedder, TF

Published Date

  • August 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 157 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 1096 - 1106

PubMed ID

  • 8757614

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1767


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States