prothymocyte


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prothymocyte

(pro-thi'mo-sit)
A precursor cell that matures and differentiates into a functioning T cell in the thymus gland.
See: T cell
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11) CD3 is first expressed in the cytoplasm of the prothymocytes.
The thymus produces several putative thymic hormones: thymosin alpha 1, thymulin, and thymopoietin, which have been reported to circulate and to act on both prothymocytes and mature T cells in the periphery, thus maintaining their commitment to the T cell system.