The CD40 ligand (CD40L) is a molecule expressed by activated T cells which plays a critical role in the regulation of B-cell responses, including differentiation into Ig-producing cells. Using the specific monoclonal antibody TRAP1 we have evaluated the ontogeny of CD40L expression in 97 normal individuals between birth and 50 years of age. The expression of CD40L is a function of age; it is severely reduced at birth, progressively increases during the first months of life, and reaches a plateau in the second decade. This progressive attainment of the ability to express CD40L is due to a process of maturation of the CD4+ subset, being significantly correlated with the expression of the CD45RO antigen.
- Memory cell
- Ontogeny of the immune system
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy