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T lymphocytes express various glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored surface proteins, such as Thy-1 and Ly-6A. However, functional contribution of GPI-anchored proteins in T cell activation is as yet poorly understood. Here we report the generation of mutant mice deficient in the expression of GPI-anchored molecules exclusively in their T cells. We(More)
The present study has characterized T lymphoid progenitor cells that reside in mouse fetal liver. Day 14 fetal liver contains progenitor cells that can differentiate into mature T cells upon being transferred into the thymus by hanging drop cultures. Fractionation of fetal liver cells indicated that T progenitor cells were confined in TER119- CD45+ FcR(low)(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are the most potent antigen-presenting cells and play an essential role for triggering T-cell-mediated immune responses. In search for novel cell surface molecules expressed on DCs involved in T cell priming by representational differential analysis, we identified a mouse homologue of Tspan-3 (mTspan-3), a novel member of the(More)
Transgenic mice with human CD3epsilon gene have been shown to exhibit early arrest of T cell development in the thymus. The present study shows that, instead of T cells, B cells are generated in the thymus of a line, tg epsilon26, of the human CD3epsilon transgenic mice. The accumulation of mature B cells in the thymus was found only in tg epsilon26 mice,(More)
Clonal selection of T cells mediated through the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) mostly occurs at the CD4+CD8+ double positive thymocyte stage. Immature CD4+CD8+ thymocytes expressing self-reactive TCR are induced to die upon clonotypic engagement of TCR by self antigens. CD3 engagement by antibody of the surface TCR-CD3 complex is known to induce apoptosis(More)
CD4+ helper T lymphocytes and CD8+ killer T lymphocytes are both generated in the thymus from common precursor cells expressing CD4 and CD8. The development of immature CD4 CD8+ thymocytes into mature 'single-positive' T cells requires T cell antigen-receptor (TCR)-mediated positive selection signals. Although it is known that the recognition specificity of(More)
The c-Met oncoprotein is a cell-surface receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Signals through HGF and c-Met have been appreciated for their crucial roles in the development of many cell types, including liver cells. The present study examined whether c-Met is expressed in the thymus and whether c-Met/HGF signals can regulate T-cell development in the(More)
We previously reported a transient increase in plasma lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) concentrations following acute myocardial infarction and surgical operations, and demonstrated Lp(a) accumulation in healing tissues. In the present study, the stimulatory effect of Lp(a) on migration and proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) was assessed(More)