Bovine Milk Lymphocytes Display the Phenotype of Memory T Cells and Are Predominantly CD8+

Bernadette C. Taylor, Jon D. Dellinger, James S Cullor, Jeffrey L Stott

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The phenotype of bovine milk lymphocytes was investigated and compared to peripheral blood lymphocytes using monoclonal antibodies specific for bovine leukocyte differentiation antigens and flow cytometry. T Lymphocytes traffic selectively into bovine milk while B lymphocytes represent a minor population in milk by comparison to peripheral blood. The vast majority of T cells in milk express αβ T cell receptors and are predominantly CD8+. T cells in milk express twofold higher levels of CD2 and fivefold lower levels of CD45R, characteristics associated with memory T cells. Grouping of cows by lactational stage and analysis of lymphocyte subpopulation percentages indicated that CD4+ T cells are present in relatively low numbers in milk of cows in the first 50 days of lactation and have a significant tendency to increase in number as lactation progresses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
JournalCellular Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology

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