This thesis deals with the differentiation and maturation ofT (thymusderived) lymphocytes. The development of mature immunocompetent T lymphocytes requires 3 steps. Firstly, HSC differentiate to prothymocytes, precursors committed to the T cell lineage. These cells leave the BM and settle in the thymus. Secondly, upon entry into the thymus, these prothymocytes proliferate and give rise to a population of immature thymocytes (thymic lymphocytes). Thirdly, thymocytes differentiate into mature T eel ls that emigrate from the thymus to peripheral lymphoid organs. After activation by antigen these mature T ~ells function as effector eel ls in the cellular immune response, and as regulatory cells in both the humoral and the cellular immune response (Cantor and Weissman, 1976; Stutman, 1978). This thesis deals mainly with intrathymic events in T eel l differentiation. A summary of current knowledge ofT eel 1 differentiation is given in Chapter 2.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
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hdl.handle.net/1765/38639
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van Vliet, P.W. (1985, September 11). Stromal cells in the mouse thymus : an immunocytochemical characterization of the thymic microenvironment. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/38639