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any of the mononuclear nonphagocytic leukocytes found in the blood, lymph, and lymphoid tissues; they comprise the body's immunologically competent cells and their precursors. They are divided on the basis of ontogeny and function into two classes, B and T lymphocytes, responsible for humoral and cellular immunity, respectively. Most are small lymphocytes 7–10 μm in diameter with a round or slightly indented heterochromatic nucleus that almost fills the entire cell and a thin rim of basophilic cytoplasm that contains few granules. When activated by contact with antigen, small lymphocytes begin macromolecular synthesis, the cytoplasm enlarges until the cells are 10–30 μm in diameter, and the nucleus becomes less completely heterochromatic; they are then referred to as large lymphocytes or lymphoblasts. These cells then proliferate and differentiate into B and T memory cells and into the various effector cell types, B cells into plasma cells and T cells into helper, cytotoxic, and suppressor cells. See subentries here and under cell. adj., adj lymphocyt´ic.
Origin of B- and T-lymphocytes responsible for cellular and humoral immunity. In response to antigens, B- and T-lymphocytes are sensitized by lymphoid tissue.
lymphocyte activation stimulation of lymphocytes by specific antigen or nonspecific mitogens resulting in synthesis of RNA, protein, and DNA and production of lymphokines; it is followed by proliferation and differentiation of various effector and memory cells. Activation is accompanied by morphologic changes known as lymphocyte transformation, in which small, resting lymphocytes are transformed into large, active lymphocytes (lymphoblasts); the formation of lymphoblasts is referred to as blastogenesis.
amplifier T l's a T lymphocyte of the CD8 cell type that modifies a developing immune response by releasing nonspecific signals to which other T lymphocytes (either effector or suppressor cells) respond.
B l's “bursa-equivalent” lymphocytes; a type that develop from stem cells in hematopoietic tissue, including the blood islands of the fetal yolk sac, the fetal liver and spleen, and the bone marrow. The B in the name refers to the bursa of fabricius, an organ in birds where B cell differentiation occurs; however, no analogous organ has been found in mammals. Called also B cells.

B lymphocytes are involved in humoral immunity, the secretion of antibodies. A mature B lymphocyte can be activated by the binding of an antigen to cell surface receptors. This induces proliferation of the cell, resulting in a clone of cells specific for that antigen. These cells can then differentiate and begin to secrete immunoglobulin (Ig) molecules; this step involves interaction with helper T lymphocytes. All the cells of a clone secrete Ig with identical antigen binding sites. Antibody-secreting cells can have the morphology of plasma cells, large lymphocytes, or lymphoblasts.
CD4 T l's (CD4+ T l's) CD4 cells.
CD8 T l's (CD8+ T l's) CD8 cells.
cytotoxic T l's differentiated T lymphocytes, marked by CD4 and CD8 antigens, able to recognize and lyse target cells bearing specific antigens recognized by their antigen receptors. The cytotoxic activity requires firm binding of the lymphocyte to the target cell to produce holes in its plasma membrane with loss of its cellular contents and osmotic lysis. These lymphocytes are important in graft rejection and killing of tumor cells and virus-infected host cells. Called also killer or killer T cells.
lymphocyte proliferation test a functional test of the ability of lymphocytes to respond to mitogens, specific antigens, or allogenic cells. The test with allogenic cells, called a mixed lymphocyte culture (MLC), is commonly performed for transplantation tissue typing; all three types of stimulants are used in investigation of immunodeficiency. Commonly used mitogens are phytohemagglutinin (PHA), concanavalin A (ConA), and pokeweed mitogen (PWM); commonly used antigens are PPD (tuberculin), Candida antigen, and streptokinase-streptodornase.
Rieder's lymphocyte a myeloblast with a nucleus and several wide, deep indentations suggesting lobulation, seen in Rieder's cell leukemia and sometimes chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Called also Rieder's cell.
T l's “thymus-dependent” lymphocytes; a type that originates from a stem cell in hematopoietic tissue and undergoes differentiation in the thymus when triggered by thymopoietin. Called also T cells.  When activated by antigens such as the CD4 antigen or the CD8 antigen, T lymphocytes differentiate into the various types of regulatory and effector T cells (see CD4 cells and CD8 cells).

The CD8 cells called cytotoxic T cells or killer T cells are responsible for cell-mediated cytotoxicity, which is the killing of cells bearing specific antigens, the mechanism involved in cell-mediated immunity, delayed hypersensitivity, and killing of tumor cells and transplant tissue cells. A subpopulation, the LAK cells, is involved in the production of lymphokines, substances released into the blood that cause activation or inhibition of macrophages, destroy target cells, or are chemotactic for the various types of leukocytes. The CD4 cells called helper T cells help B lymphocytes recognize certain antigens. Amplifier T lymphocytes are CD8 cells that enhance the activity of cytotoxic T cells. Suppressor T cells are CD8 cells that suppress antibody synthesis by their action on helper cells and B lymphocytes.

lymphocyte activation

the stimulation of lymphocytes by antigens or mitogens, rendering them metabolically active and causing them to differentiate into effector cells.

lymphocyte activation

The use of an antigen (or mitogen in vitro) to stimulate lymphocyte metabolic activity.
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The most simple method uses a negative isotype control, thereby defining all cells with positive CD38 expression, and has been used to define healthy control ranges [62], for pathological classification of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia [63,64], and also by some authors describing the pathology of lymphocyte activation in HIV-1 infection [7,8, 13-15, 65,66] and other viral infections such as EBV [67,68].
aureus, T lymphocyte activation and the levels of lymphocyte-specific chemokines increased remarkably especially in the methiciline-resistant strains and there were some other factors different from MSSA infection that played a role in MRSA infection pathogenesis and virulence.
Molecular cloning, expression and chromosomal localization of the human earliest lymphocyte activation antigen AIM/CD69, a new member of the C-type animal lectin superfamily of signal transmitting receptors.
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Accordingly, any aberrant B or T cell signaling can lead to either loss of immune response or self-perpetuating auto reactive immune response, which in turn will trigger inappropriate systemic lymphocyte activation and consequent decline in self-tolerance.
Changes in blood CD8+ lymphocyte activation status and plasma HIV RNA levels during antiretroviral therapy.
One subset of caspases is critical for regulation of inflammation by processing proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1[beta]; others are essential for lymphocyte activation, proliferation, and protective immunity (37,38).
T lymphocyte activation by cytomegalovirus-infected, allogeneic cultured human endothelial cells.
Also, important immunological reactions, such as antigen presentation and lymphocyte activation, occur primarily at these sites.
A gene within this locus encoding a member of the SLAM (signaling lymphocyte activation molecule) family was found to be highly expressed in immature B cells and altered in these lupus-prone mice in such a way as to impair signaling and impede antigen driven negative selection (B cell deletion, receptor revision, and anergy induction).