Splenic stromal cells mediate IL-7 independent adult lymphoid tissue inducer cell survival

Tiezheng Hou, MZ Mustafa, Sarah Essex, Alexandra Barrington, Eric Jenkinson, Graham Anderson, Peter Lane, David Withers, Christopher Buckley

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Lymphoid tissue inducer cells (LTi) play an important role in the development of lymphoid tissue in embryos. Adult CD4(+)CD3(-) LTi-like cells present a similar phenotype and gene expression to their embryonic counterpart and have important roles in CD4(+) T-cell memory and lymphoid tissue recovery following viral infection. However, adult LTi-like cells are heterogeneous populations and the factors that regulate their survival and accumulation within secondary lymphoid organs remain unclear, in particular whether the T zone stroma is involved. Here we report the identification and characterisation of a distinct subset of podoplanin(+) murine splenic stromal cells that support adult LTi-like cell survival. We have identified and isolated CD45(-)podoplanin(+) stromal cell populations which have a similar but distinct phenotype to T-zone reticular cells in lymph nodes. CD45(-)podoplanin(+) fibroblast-like cells mediate LTi-like cell survival in vitro; surprisingly this was not dependent upon IL-7 as revealed through blocking antibody experiments and studies using LTi-like cells unable to respond to ã chain cytokines. Our findings show that adult LTi-like cells require extrinsic signals from podoplanin(+) splenic stromal cells to survive and suggest that IL-7 is not necessary to mediate their survival in the adult spleen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number2
Early online date30 Nov 2009
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • Stromal cells
  • Spleen
  • Fibroblast
  • Lymphoid tissue


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