Phenotypic Characterization of Lymphocyte Subpopulations in Horses Affected with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and in Normal Controls

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The alterations in lymphocyte subsets in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the horse were investigated by using monoclonal antibodies to identify CD3+, CD4+, CD8+, and surface immunoglobulin positive (sIg+) lymphocytes in peripheral blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), and pulmonary biopsy frozen tissue sections. COPD-affected horses (n = 5) and normal controls (n = 5) were sampled prestabling and 14 days poststabling, at which time the COPD-affected horses were exhibiting clinical signs of COPD. The peripheral blood absolute CD4+ lymphocyte count was significantly elevated in the COPD-affected horses pre- and poststabling. The CD4 : CD8 ratio in peripheral blood of COPD-affected horses was unaffected by stabling, but the same ratio in the control horses was significantly decreased. These findings support a hypothesis of deficient regulation of a systemic immune response to indoor air in the COPD-affected horses. A large population of leukocytes in pulmonary biopsy immunohistochemical sections from both groups of horses appeared to be CD3+ CD4- CD8-, an uncommon phenotype in both the peripheral blood and BALF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-116
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1997



  • COPD
  • Flow cytometery
  • Horses
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lung
  • Lymphocyte
  • T cell

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  • veterinary(all)

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