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dc.creatorAlves, NL-
dc.creatorTakahama, Y-
dc.creatorOhigashi, I-
dc.creatorRibeiro, AR-
dc.creatorBaik, S-
dc.creatorAnderson, G-
dc.creatorJenkinson, WE-
dc.description.abstractThymic epithelial cells (TECs) provide key instructive signals for T-cell differentiation. Thymic cortical (cTECs) and medullary (mTECs) epithelial cells constitute two functionally distinct microenvironments for T-cell development, which derive from a common bipotent TEC progenitor. While seminal studies have partially elucidated events downstream of bipotent TECs in relation to the emergence of mTECs and their progenitors, the control and timing of the emergence of the cTEC lineage, particularly in relation to that of mTEC progenitors, has remained elusive. In this review, we describe distinct models that explain cTEC/mTEC lineage divergence from common bipotent progenitors. In particular, we summarize recent studies in mice providing evidence that mTECs, including the auto-immune regulator(+) subset, derive from progenitors initially endowed with phenotypic properties typically associated with the cTEC lineage. These observations support a novel "serial progression" model of TEC development, in which progenitors serially acquire cTEC lineage markers, prior to their commitment to the mTEC differentiation pathway. Gaining a better understanding of the phenotypic properties of early stages in TEC progenitor development should help in determining the mechanisms regulating cTEC/mTEC lineage development, and in strategies aimed at thymus reconstitution involving TEC therapy.-
dc.description.sponsorshipN.L.A. is supported by program Ciencia2008 from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal). N.L.A. is supported by grants from FCT, funds from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) through the Operational Competitiveness Program (COMPETE), by National Funds through the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal) under Project FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-015803 (PTDC/SAU-IMU/110116/2009). A.R.R. is supported by Ph.D. fellowships from FCT (SFRH/BD/78380/2011). Y.T. is supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from MEXT and JSPS (23249025 and 24111004), Japan. G.A. and Y.T. are supported by An International Exchange Scheme from The Royal Society, UK. S.B. is supported by a PhD studentship from the European Union ITN "NINA." G.A. is supported by a Medical Research Council Programme Grant, W.E.J. is supported by a New Investigator Award from the Medical Research Council, UK (G1001055).-
dc.publisherWiley-VCH Verlag-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean journal of immunology, vol. 44(1), p. 16-22-
dc.subjectCell Communication/immunology-
dc.subjectCell Differentiation-
dc.subjectCell Lineage-
dc.subjectEpithelial Cells/immunology-
dc.subjectLymphoid Progenitor Cells/immunology-
dc.subjectModels, Immunological-
dc.subjectT-Lymphocyte Subsets/immunology-
dc.subjectT-Lymphocytes, Regulatory/immunology-
dc.subjectThymus Gland/immunology-
dc.titleSerial progression of cortical and medullary thymic epithelial microenvironments.-
dc.typeArtigo em Revista Científica Internacional-
dc.contributor.uportoInstituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde-
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