20 May 2019 from 10:30 to 11:30

PhD Defence: In vivo lymphocyte dynamics: from infection to immune reconstitution

The research presented in this thesis is focused on the quantification of lymphocyte dynamics by in vivo deuterium labelling. To understand how lymphocytes are maintained in homeostasis and when the homeostatic balance is disrupted, it is essential to quantify their production and loss rates.

Hereby, this thesis revealed three main observations. First, the turnover rate of antigen‐specific T‐cells against mouse cytomegalovirus (MCMV) is independent of the size of the specific memory T‐cell response and similar to that of bulk memory‐phenotype T‐cells. Second, the maintenance of memory T‐cells in the bone marrow (BM) is a very dynamic process, in which cells constantly recirculate and self‐renew. Last, lymphocyte production and loss rates do not seem to be homeostatically regulated in a density‐dependent manner during immune reconstitution following autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in humans.

Start date and time
20 May 2019 10:30
End date and time
20 May 2019 11:30
PhD candidate
Mariona Baliu Piqué
In vivo lymphocyte dynamics: from infection to immune reconstitution
PhD supervisor(s)
Prof. L. Meyaard Prof. R.J. De Boer
Prof. J.A.M. Borghans Prof. N.A. Tesselaar-Kiki
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