prothymocyte


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prothymocyte

[prō′thī·mə‚sīt]
(immunology)
A T-cell precursor.
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Although the exact mechanism by which TCDD-induced thymic atrophy occurs is not known, potential mechanisms include a reduction in prothymocyte stem cells in the bone marrow and an inhibition of thymocyte maturation (Silverstone et al.
Selective prothymocyte targeting by prenatal diethylstilbesterol exposure.
The thymus produces several putative thymic hormones: thymosin alpha 1, thymulin, and thymopoietin, which have been reported to circulate and to act on both prothymocytes and mature T cells in the periphery, thus maintaining their commitment to the T cell system.