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Abstract The antiserum (BALB.I-H-2 j x SWR/7)F1 anti-I.29 ascites cells, in reaction with B6 lymph-node cells (LNC) in the cytotoxicity assay, defines an alloantigen system called Lna-1* (lymph-node alloantigen-1) which in normal, untreated mice is expressed on the cells of lymph nodes but not of other lymphoid organs. The T- and B-cell populations of lymph nodes evidently include Lna-1u1) subpopulations representing 30–40 percent of the total population. The Lna-11 phenotype could be induced on cells of thymus and spleen but not of bone marrow. Congenitally asplenic +/Dh mice have no Lna-1+ cells in their lymph nodes, but their LNC can be induced to express Lna-1; this suggests that the spleen is normally required for the differentiation of Lna-1+ cells from Lna-1− precursors. It is not yet known whether thymus is also required for the expression of Lna-1 in lymph nodes. It remains to be seen whether the existence of the Lna-1 + B-cell subpopulation of lymph nodes depends on Lna-1+ T cells, and whether the Lna-1+ phenotype of B cells may be acquired rather than intrinsic. One hypothesis which is the basis of further study is that there is a T-cell pathway in which noninducible bone-marrow cells become Lna-l-inducible in the thymus, then travel to the spleen, where they are induced to become Lna-1+, after which they reside in lymph nodes.
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