In vivo anti-tumor activity of spleen cells from C3H/eb mice bearing a syngeneic fibrosarcoma was shown previously to decline to an undetectable level and be replaced by tumor-enhancing activity as tumor growth proceeds. In the light of the authors' findings that thymocytes in the early stages of thymic processing can bring about tumor enhancement, they postulated that premature release of thymocytes and their accumulation in the spleen might account for the loss of the anti-tumor response. In the present experiments an injection of thymocytes did in fact cancel the anti-tumor response of reactive splenocytes from tumor-bearing mice. In order to determine whether premature thymocyte release occurs naturally in the tumor-bearing animals, the authors assayed activity of the enzyme TdT (as a marker for thymus cells) in the spleens of these mice during progressive tumor growth. Cells with TdT activity were clearly evident in the spleens of the tumor-bearing animals, were derived from the thymus, and accumulated in parallel to the loss of anti-tumor reactivity.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1979|