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A light-scattering assay for lymphocyte shape and its application to T and B lymphocyte responses to cultured high-walled endothelial cells

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H. Harris, C. Jolley, N.G. Miller

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-185
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number1-2

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Cited By :2 Export Date: 3 May 2016

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Lymphocyte shape changes are detectable as changes in the forward light scatter (FLS) profile of a Becton-Dickinson FACStar flow cytometer, with polar cells giving lower values of FLS. The FACScan cell analyser does not detect these changes. Freshly isolated lymph node lymphocytes are round, but when stimulated, for example by incubation with cultured high endothelial cells (HEC), a proportion change shape and become polar. The FLS profiles of lymphocytes stained for T and B cell surface markers show that both subsets change shape in response to HEC, but in a consistently different manner. Light microscopy of sorted T and B populations indicates that equal proportions of both cell types change shape, but that T cells are more likely to become highly elongated.

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