Generation of lymph node-fat pad chimeras for the study of lymph node stromal cell origin

Cecile Benezech, Jorge H Caamano

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The stroma is a key component of the lymph node structure and function. However, little is known about its origin, exact cellular composition and the mechanisms governing its formation. Lymph nodes are always encapsulated in adipose tissue and we recently demonstrated the importance of this relation for the formation of lymph node stroma. Adipocyte precursor cells migrate into the lymph node during its development and upon engagement of the Lymphotoxin-b receptor switch off adipogenesis and differentiate into lymphoid stromal cells (Bénézech et al.). Based on the lymphoid stroma potential of adipose tissue, we present a method using a lymph node/fat pad chimera that allows the lineage tracing of lymph node stromal cell precursors. We show how to isolate newborn lymph nodes and EYFP(+) embryonic adipose tissue and make a LN/ EYFP(+) fat pad chimera. After transfer under the kidney capsule of a host mouse, the lymph node incorporates local adipose tissue precursor cells and finishes its formation. Progeny analysis of EYFP(+) fat pad cells in the resulting lymph nodes can be performed by flow-cytometric analysis of enzymatically digested lymph nodes or by immunofluorescence analysis of lymph nodes cryosections. By using fat pads from different knockout mouse models, this method will provide an efficient way of analyzing the origin of the different lymph node stromal cell populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e50952
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number82
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2013


  • Adipose Tissue/cytology
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Chimera/embryology
  • Embryo Transfer/methods
  • Embryo, Mammalian/cytology
  • Female
  • Lymph Nodes/cytology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Pregnancy
  • Stromal Cells/cytology


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