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Developmental Immunology
Volume 3 (1994), Issue 4, Pages 273-282

Strain-Dependent Migration of CD4 and CD8 Lymphocyte Subsets to Lymph Nodes in NOD (Nonobese Diabetic) and Control Mice

CNRS URA 1461, Hôpital Necker, Paris 75015, France

Received 26 July 1993; Accepted 8 November 1993

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Subpopulations of lymphoid cells were compared with respect to their ability to migrate into peripheral lymphoid organs of nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice and various strains of control mice. In short-term, in vivo homing studies, no major differences in the pattern of homing of B and T cells were observed among all mouse strains studied. On the other hand, CD4 cells localized consistently more efficiently than CD8 cells in both PP and LN of adult NOD and BALB/c mice, whereas both populations migrated roughly equivalently in LN of adult DBA/2, CBA, and C57BL/6 mice. No age-dependent differences in the homing of CD4 and CD8 cells were observed in BALB/c mice. On the contrary, in 2-week-old NOD mice, CD4 and CD8 cells migrated equally well. The preferential entry of CD4 cells in adult NOD and BALB/c did not result from increased blood transit time of CD8 cells. On the other hand, the preferential migration of CD8 cells was observed in the liver, whereas the two T-cell subsets migrated equally well in the lungs. The differences in the homing characteristics of CD4 and CD8 cells among NOD, BALB/c, and C57BL/6 mice were not related to modifications in the level of expression of adhesion molecules such as MEL-14, LFA-1, and Pgp-1.