Mitogenic response of human thymocytes: identification of functional Ca2+-dependent and independent signals.


In contrast to peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), human thymocytes do not exhibit a proliferative response to the T cell mitogens phytohaemagglutinin (PHA), concanavalin A (Con A), or Staphylococcal protein A (SPA). In thymocytes and PBMC, Con A and PHA induce increases in free cytosolic calcium concentrations [( Ca2+]i). Since both Con A and PHA… (More)