Subpopulation of human tonsillar lymphocytes with mitochondria visible by light microscopy

T. G. Pretlow, J. I. Kreisberg, G. A. Zieman, J. K. Willson, A. Pitts, J. L. Zaremba

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We observed a subpopulation of human tonsillar lymphocytes with cytoplasmic inclusions that stained orthochromatically blue with Wright stain. These lymphocytes represented fewer than 2% of cells in suspensions of cells from most tonsils; however, suspensions of tonsillar cells from 4 of 18 studied patients contained more than 2% (2.8%-6.4%) lymphocytes with cytoplasmic inclusions. These cells sedimented less rapidly than the modal population of lymphocytes in a previously described isokinetic gradient. Histochemical and ultrastructural studies suggested that the stained inclusions were prominent mitochondria stained by the Wright stain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)762-769
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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