B cell

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B cell

[′bē ‚sel]
(immunology)
One of a heterogeneous population of bone-marrow-derived lymphocytes which participates in the immune responses. Also known as B lymphocyte.
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In research to be published in the May PEDIATRIC RESEARCH, Goldman finds that certain soluble proteins in breast milk can activate macrophages -- white blood cells that complement B lymphocytes in the immune response.
The interaction of epithelial cells with T and B lymphocytes induces epithelial cells to differentiate into M cells in vitro (5), indicating the importance of lymphocyte-epithelial cell interactions for maintaining M cells in the follicle-associated epithelium of the Peyers patches (Figure 1).
Are there B lymphocytes alive and well and living in the thymus gland?