Chemokines regulate leukocytes trafficking in normal and inflammation conditions. Thymus-seeding progenitors are made in bone marrow and migrate to the thymus where they undergo their maturation to antigen-specific T cells. Immature T cells are in thymic cortex, while mature thymocytes are in medulla. Chemokines may be important for homing of thymus-seeding progenitors, and/or differential thymocyte localization in thymus. Here we report that GPR-9-6, now called CC chemokine receptor 9 (CCR9), is a receptor for thymus-expressed chemokine, TECK. Among a panel of chemokines tested, TECK specifically induced calcium flux in CCR9-expressing cell lines. We also showed that TECK efficaciously induced chemotaxis of immature CD4+CD8+ double-positive, and mature CD4+ and CD8+ single-positive human thymocytes. Our data suggest that TECK/CCR9 interaction may play a pivotal role in T-cell migration in the thymus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Oct 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology