Thymic stromal-derived lymphopoietin distinguishes fetal from adult B cell development

Christian A J Voßhenrich, Ana Cumano, Werner Müller, James P. Di Santo, Paulo Vieira

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    Deletions of interleukin 7 (IL-7) or its receptor components permit fetal but not adult B cell development in mice. Mice deficient in IL-7 receptor α (IL-7Rα) had 1% the number of B cells of controls and 10% that of mice deficient in the common γ chain. As IL-7Rα is also a receptor for thymic stromal-derived lymphopoietin (TSLP), we assayed the ability of TSLP to support proliferation of fetal or adult precursor B cells. Only fetal-derived pro-B cells were able to respond to TSLP, although pre-B cells from both origins were TSLP-responsive. Fetal but not adult precursors generated a measurable B cell compartment in the absence of IL-7. The residual B cells found in IL-7Rα-deficient mice required fetal liver kinase 2 (Flk-2) for their development. Thus, IL-7Rα- and Flk-2-mediated signals account for the generation of almost all mouse B lymphocytes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)773-779
    Number of pages6
    JournalNature Immunology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003


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