Phenotype and function of T lymphocytes infiltrating the skin during graft-versus-host disease following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.

Seven lymphocyte populations were expanded from skin samples of patients with acute or chronic GVHD following allogeneic genotypically identical BMT. After amplification without in vitro antigenic stimulation or addition of mitogens, 5 of the 7 cell lines showed a large majority of mature CD4+ T cells (in contrast to published immunopathological data). One… (More)