Spontaneous autoimmune thyroiditis in chickens. I. Effects of bursal reconstitution

C. R. Polley, L. D. Bacon, N. R. Rose

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Chicks from strains genetically susceptible or resistant to spontaneous autoimmune thyroiditis were neonatally treated with cyclophosphamide to induce lymphocytic depletion of the bursa of Fabricius. The subsequent bursal repopulation with B cells from donors matched at the major histocompatibility locus showed B cells to be intricately associated with the pathogenesis of spontaneous autoimmune thyroiditis, although they themselves did not carry the potential for initiation of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1465-1468
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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