Neuroendocrine influence on thymic haematopoiesis via the reticulo-epithelial cellular network

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Bela Bodey


The thymus provides an optimal cellular and humoral microenvironment for a cell line committed differentiation of haematopoietic stem cells. The immigration process requires the secretion of at least one peptide, called thymotaxin, by cells of the reticulo-epithelial (RE) network of the thymic stromal cellular microenvironment. The thymic RE cells are functionally specialised based on their intrathymic location and this differentiation is modulated by various interaction signals of differentiating Thymocytes and other nonlymphatic, haematopoietic stem cells. The subcapsular, endocrine, RE cell layer is comprised of cells filled with periodic acid Shiff's-positive granules, which also express A2B5/TE4 cell surface antigens and MHC Class I (HLA A, B, C) molecules. Thymic nurse cells also produce thymosins beta 3 and beta 4 and display a neuroendocrine cell specific immunophenotype (IP): Thy-1+, A2B5+, TT+, TE4+, UJ13/A+, UJ127.11+, UJ167.11+, UJ181.4+ and presence of common leukocyte antigen (CLA+). Cortical RE cells express a surface antigen, gp200-MR6, which plays a significant role of thymocyte differentiation. Medullar RE cells display MHC Class II (HLA-DP, HLA-DQ, HLA-DR) molecule restriction. Thymic RE cells also produce nu...Continue Reading


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