Mouse Thymocyte Membrane Uptake of Polyadenylic-Polyuridylic Acid Complexes

Milton G. Mutchnick, Ihn H. Han, Arthur G. Johnson

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Indirect immunofluorescence revealed that 80 ± 4% of isolated mouse thymocytes were found to have membrane uptake of poly (A:U). Mice previously injected with hydrocortisone demonstrated a reduction to 20-30% in numbers of fluorescent thymocytes. Preincubation of thymocytes with DEAE-dextran did not increase the percentage of fluorescent cells. These findings suggest that medullary thymocytes bind poly (A:U) to a lesser degree than cortical thymocytes. Several mechanisms of thymocyte uptake of poly (A:U) are suggested including adsorption to the membrane and/or rapid penetration through the membrane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-268
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1977


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