Basic components of the immune system part 106

Immune 1

 

LYMPHOCYTIC ASSAYS

Fluorescein-Activated Cell Sorter

With the renewed interest in the role of lymphocytes in disease states over the past thirty years, a systematic study of the markers  present on B and T lymphocytes has been undertaken. The knowledge that many such markers exist on a given cell was made possible by the introduction of monoclonal antibodies specific for each marker. Thus, antibodies could quickly identify  lymphocytes as B(CD19) or T lymphocytes (CD3) and later into helper (CD4) or suppressor cells (CD8) and many other markers.

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