Peyer's patches, gut IgA plasma cells and thymic function: study in nude mice bearing thymic grafts.

Abstract

Nude mice have poorly developed Peyer's patches with very small or no germinal centers and little lymphoid cell proliferation, and a marked decrease in the number of gut-IgA plasma cells. Thymus grafts, which restore the T lymphocyte population of their lymphoid organs to nearly normal levels, lead to a considerable development of the Peyer's patches and of… (More)

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