Phenotypic analysis of spleen, thymus, and peripheral blood cells in aged C57B1/6 mice following long-term exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin.


A mouse model was used to identify potential biomarkers of exposure to the environmental contaminant 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Female C57B1/6 mice were treated weekly with 0.2 microgram TCDD/kg body weight or vehicle for 14-15 months. Phenotypic analysis by flow cytometry identified the major cell subpopulations in the spleen, thymus, and… (More)