Katrin Hafen

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Thymic T cell development is dependent on a specialized epithelial microenvironment mainly composed of cortical and medullary thymic epithelial cells (TECs). The molecular programs governing the differentiation and maintenance of TECs remain largely unknown. Wnt signaling is central to the development and maintenance of several organ systems but a specific(More)
Thymic epithelial cell differentiation, growth and function depend on the expression of the transcription factor Foxn1; however, its target genes have never been physically identified. Using static and inducible genetic model systems and chromatin studies, we developed a genome-wide map of direct Foxn1 target genes for postnatal thymic epithelia and defined(More)
Intrathymic T-cell development is critically dependent on cortical and medullary thymic epithelial cells (TECs). Both epithelial subsets originate during early thymus organogenesis from progenitor cells that express the thymoproteasome subunit β5t, a typical feature of cortical TECs. Using in vivo lineage fate mapping, we demonstrate in mice that β5t(+) TEC(More)
BACKGROUND The thyroid is composed of endocrine epithelial cells, blood vessels, and mesenchyme. However, no data exist thus far on absolute cell numbers, relative distribution, and proliferation of the different cell populations in the developing and mature thyroid. The aim of this study was therefore to establish a flow cytometry protocol that allows(More)
We have determined the life span of naive CD4-8+ T cells in T cell receptor transgenic mice. We find that such cells do not divide in secondary lymphoid organs in both normal euthymic mice and T cell-deficient mice. By both continuous labeling and by chasing pulse-labeled cells, we find that the minimum life span of the naive T cells is in the order of 8 wk.
Treatment of fetal thymuses with 2-deoxyguanosine depletes these organs of many haematopoietic cells, and if such thymuses are transplanted into allogeneic athymic nude mice, intrathymic development of cytolytic T-lymphocyte precursors (CTL-P) occurs, including those which are specific for class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens expressed by(More)
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) impairs thymus-dependent T-cell regeneration in recipients of allogeneic bone marrow transplants through yet to be defined mechanisms. Here, we demonstrate in mice that MHC-mismatched donor T cells home into the thymus of unconditioned recipients. There, activated donor T cells secrete IFN-gamma, which in turn(More)