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The adult thymus provides a variety of specialized microenvironments that support and direct T cell differentiation and selection. In this review, we summarize recent advances in the understanding of the function of microenvironments in shaping a diverse T cell repertoire. In particular, we focus on how thymocytes move in and out of these specialized thymic(More)
Little is known about the dynamics of the interactions between thymocytes and other cell types, as well as the spatiotemporal distribution of thymocytes during positive selection in the microenvironment of the cortex. We used two-photon laser scanning microscopy of the mouse thymus to visualize thymocytes and dendritic cells (DCs) and to characterize their(More)
Gammadelta T lymphocytes have been shown to regulate immune responses in diverse experimental systems. Because distinct gammadelta T cell subsets, as defined by the usage of certain TCR V genes, preferentially respond in various diseases and disease models, we have hypothesized that the various gammadelta T cell subsets carry out different functions. To(More)
During thymic development, T cell progenitors undergo positive selection based on the ability of their T cell Ag receptors (TCR) to bind MHC ligands on thymic epithelial cells. Positive selection determines T cell fate, in that thymocytes whose TCR bind MHC class I (MHC-I) develop as CD8-lineage T cells, whereas those that bind MHC class II (MHC-II) develop(More)
Developing T cells are highly motile and undergo long-range migrations in the thymus as part of their developmental program. In the past two years, significant advances have been made in understanding the nature of the signals that control the entry of thymocyte progenitors into the thymus and the exit of mature thymocytes from the thymus. Progress has also(More)
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