High levels of IL-7 cause dysregulation of thymocyte development.

IL-7 signaling is required for thymocyte development and its loss has a severe deleterious effect on thymus function. Thymocyte-stromal cell interactions and other mechanisms tightly regulate IL-7 expression. We show that disruption of that regulation by over-expression of IL-7 inhibits T-cell development and promotes extensive B-cell lymphopoiesis in the… (More)