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Epithelial V-like antigen (EVA) is an immunoglobulin-like adhesion molecule identified in a screen for molecules developmentally regulated at the DN to DP progression in thymocyte development. We show that EVA is expressed during the early stages of thymus organogenesis in both fetal thymic epithelia and T cell precursors, and is progressively downregulated from day 16.5 of embryonic development. In the postnatal thymus, EVA expression is restricted to epithelial cells and is distributed throughout both cortical and medullary thymic regions. Transgenic overexpression of EVA in the thymus cortex resulted in a modified stromal environment, which elicited an increase in organ size and absolute cell number. Although peripheral T lymphocyte numbers are augmented throughout life, no imbalance either in the repertoire, or in the different T cell subsets was detected. Collectively, these data suggest a role for EVA in structural organisation of the thymus and early lymphocyte development.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 4 May 2007|
- Adhesion molecules
- T cell development
- Thymic epithelium