Virchows Archiv B

, 15:1 | Cite as

The reticulum cell and the reticular cell in the mouse popliteal lymph node

An electron microscopic autoradiographic study


The popliteal lymph nodes of normal and sensitized mice have been examined after administration of a carbohydrate antigen (pneumococcal polysaccharide). In some animals125I-labelled antigen was used to study antigen distribution; in others the administration of unlabelled antigen was followed by tritiated thymidine to study proliferation. The lymph nodes were examined by electron microscopy and E. M. autoradiography. A group of cells is present, here defined as reticulum cells, some of which may be macrophage precursors and some of which bind antigen in the germinal centres of sensitised animals (“dendritic reticular cells”).


Reticulum Cell Tritiated Thymidine Thymidine Uptake Popliteal Lymph Node Granular Endoplasmic Reticulum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Carr
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  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity and Weston Park HospitalSheffield

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