Lymphoid follicles in the gastric mucosa of dogs. Distribution and lymphocyte phenotypes

Øyvor Kolbjørnsen, Charles Mc L Press, Peter F Moore, Thor Landsverk

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The occurrence and distribution of lymphoid follicles within the stomachs of 36 dogs that dis not have macroscopic gastric lesions are presented. The dogs ranged in age from less than 1 year to over 13 years. The number of follicles varied between the different regions of the stomach, being most numerous (15.6 follicles cm-2) and uniform in size (about 1 mm in diameter) in the fundus. The number and size of follicles in the antrum varied widely between dogs. Age-related changes in the distribution of follicles were not found following simple linear regression analysis. The phenotypes of lymphocytes in gastric lymphoid follicles of nine dogs aged from less than 1 year to 5 years were determined using monoclonal antibodies specific for canine leucocyte antigens and an indirect immunoperoxidase technique. The follicles had an organized distribution of lymphocytes subsets in that a predominantly B cell area contained some CD4+ cells and very few CD8+ cells and was adjacent to an area containing mostly T cells. Computer-assisted morphometric analysis was used to quantify the overall presence of the various lymphocyte subpopulations. Follicles in the fundus and body regions possessed similar percentages of lymphocytes averaging 42%, 22% and 3% of the area occupied by B cells, CD4+ and CD8+ cells, respectively. It is concluded that lymphoid follicles are a normal constituent of the canine gastric mucosa and possess a lymphocyte composition similar to that reported by others for solitary intestinal follicles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalVeterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • veterinary(all)


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