Most of the B cells from bovine leukemia virus (BLV) infected cows in persistent lymphocytosis (PL) were known to express the CD5 T-cell marker but it was not known whether this peculiar membrane phenotype relates to an activation state. It was demonstrated that these B cells were also flagged by two other membrane markers normally borne by cells belonging to the myeloid lineage (namely CD11b and CD11c). Moreover, cell cycle analysis illustrated that a significant percentage of these B cells (greater than 15%) left their resting (G0/G1) status and progressed through the cell cycle. In addition, T-cell-depleted peripheral blood mononuclear cells from animals in PL were shown to proliferate in response to a IL-2-containing supernatant (MLA 144). These results indicate that the CD5+ B cells from BLV-infected cows in PL are activated cells.
|Pages (de - à)||304-9|
|Nombre de pages||6|
|Numéro de publication||4|
|Etat de la publication||Publié - 1992|