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T lymphopoiesis requires settling of the thymus by bone marrow-derived precursors throughout adult life. Progenitor entry into the thymus is selective, but the molecular basis of this selectivity is incompletely understood. The chemokine receptor CCR9 has been demonstrated to be important in this process. However, progenitors lacking CCR9 can still enter(More)
The thymus is seeded via the blood, but the identity of hematopoietic progenitors with access to the circulation in adult mice is unknown. We report here that the only progenitors in blood with efficient T lineage potential were lineage negative with high expression of stem cell antigen 1 and c-Kit (LSK cells). The blood LSK population, like its counterpart(More)
To generate T cells throughout adult life, the thymus must import hemopoietic progenitors from the bone marrow via the blood. In this study, we establish that thymus settling is selective. Using nonirradiated recipient mice, we found that hemopoietic stem cells were excluded from the thymus, whereas downstream multipotent progenitors (MPP) and common(More)
Early T-lineage progenitors (ETPs) arise after colonization of the thymus by multipotent bone marrow progenitors. ETPs likely serve as physiologic progenitors of T-cell development in adult mice, although alternative T-cell differentiation pathways may exist. While we were investigating mechanisms of T-cell reconstitution after bone marrow transplantation(More)
T-cell development in the thymus requires periodic importation of hematopoietic progenitors from the bone marrow. Such thymus settling progenitors arise from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that are retained in a specific bone marrow microenvironmental niche. Vacation of this niche is required for HSC proliferation and differentiation into downstream(More)
The majority of T cells develop in the thymus. T-cell progenitors in the thymus do not self-renew and so progenitor cells must be continuously imported from the blood into the thymus to maintain T-cell production. Recent work has shed light on both the identity of the cells that home to the thymus and the molecular mechanisms involved. This review will(More)
T cells developing in the thymus are ultimately derived from bone marrow (BM) hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). An understanding of the developmental steps between HSCs and T cells is important for gaining insight into cancers of the T lineage, improving T cell reconstitution after BM transplantation, and also to help ameliorate immunological defects in(More)
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