A patient with severe combined immunodeficiency has been given a transplant of thymic epithelium obtained from short-term culture of normal human thymus. 4 wk after transplantation immunoglobulin was detected and the patient now has normal levels of the three main classes. Functional antibodies of four specificities have been detected. An increase in reactivity to allogeneic cells and phytohæmagglutinin has been observed, with an increase in E rosettes; a positive delayed skin test to candida antigen is now present. The patient has shown reversal of wasting and has been free of infection for 7 months since receiving the transplant. It appears that under certain circumstances thymic epithelium reconstitutes both T and B cell functions.
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- General Medicine