PMID: 7337964Sep 1, 1981Paper

Lymphocyte traffic through chronic inflammatory lesions: differential migration versus differential retention

Clinical and Experimental Immunology
T B IssekutzJ B Hay


Afferent lymphatics draining granulomas and efferent lymphatics from normal lymph nodes were cannulated in sheep. Cells collected from these lymphatics were radiolabelled in vitro with 111In (afferent lymph cells) and 51Cr (efferent lymphocytes) and both labelled cells were returned to the animal simultaneously by i.v. injection. The reappearance of these labelled cells in lymph, and the amount of 111In and 51Cr in normal or antigenically stimulated lymph nodes, cutaneous inflammatory sites (FCA-granulomas, NLT- and BCG-induced lesions) and blood was determined 24 hr later. As previously reported, labelled afferent cells preferentially migrated from the blood back through the granuloma into afferent lymph, and efferent lymphocytes back into efferent lymph. Forty per cent as many 111In- as 51Cr-labelled cells ;appeared in efferent lymph. This was caused by the greater migration of 51Cr-labelled cells appeared in efferent lymph. This was caused by the greater migration of 51Cr- than 111In-labelled cells out of the blood into the node. Neither cell type was selectively retained in the node, and 28% of the labelled cells that entered the node migrated on into efferent lymph in 24 hr. Similarly, there was no selective retention of e...Continue Reading

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