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Developmental Immunology
Volume 1 (1990), Issue 2, Pages 127-135

Ontogenic Appearance of MHC Class I (B-F) Antigens During Chicken Embryogenesis

1Basel Institute for Immunology, Grenzacherstrasse 487, Basel CH-4058, Switzerland
2Unstitute for Experimental Immunology, University of Copenhagen, Nørre Alle 71, Copenhagen ∅ DK-2100, Denmark

Received 13 June 1990; Accepted 19 July 1990

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Expression of chicken MHC class (B-F) antigens during ontogeny was determined by binding of anticlass antibody and appearance of B-F transcripts by Northern blotting in chicken organs during embryogenesis until 2 weeks after hatching. MHC class transcripts first become detectable in day 6.5 of embryogenesis. B-F cell-surface expression first becomes detectable in hemopoietic organs by day 10‑12 of embryogenesis and somewhat later in nonhemopoietic organs. Flow cytometry analysis of hemopoietic cells throughout embryogenesis revealed B-Fhi and B-F1 cell populations. The percentage of B-F cells in spleen and bone marrow decreased around hatching, which could reflect either cell flows in these organs during this period or the sensitivity of hemopoietic cells to hatching stress.