In terms of certain immune functions and density of surface IgM, B cells from xid mice are often viewed as the equivalent of the immature (Lyb-5-) B cell subset of normal adult mice. In this paper we examine xid B cells with regard to certain physiologic functions, including homing to the lymphoid tissues, recirculation, and turnover. Xid mice were found to possess about one-third of the total number of B cells found in normal mice. This applied irrespective of whether one examined the spleen, lymph nodes, or outputs of B cells in thoracic duct lymph. In terms of migration to spleen, lymph nodes, and Peyer's patches, capacity to recirculate from blood to thoracic duct lymph, and turnover, xid B cells proved to be indistinguishable from normal spleen or thoracic duct B cells. Within these parameters, most xid B cells closely resemble the normal mature long-lived population of B cells residing in the recirculating pool of normal mice. Because xid B cells are functionally quite different from normal mature B cells, it seems reasonable to view xid B cells as an abnormal population not represented in normal mice.

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