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AuthorMetcalf, Donald. author
TitleThe Thymus [electronic resource] : Its Role in Immune Responses, Leukaemia Development and Carcinogenesis / by Donald Metcalf
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 1966
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Descript X, 146 p. online resource


The sudden burst of interest in the thymus during the last five years more than justifies the appearance of a monograph on those aspects of its function which bear particularly on immunity and the processes associated with the development of malignant disease. Of those who are actively working in the field I believe that Dr. DONALD METCALF is uniquely suited to produce such a work. His demonstration of a lymphocytosis stimulating factor from thymic tissue in 1956 was almost the first evidence of physiological activity by the thymus. He has played an important part in the analysis of the leukaemogenic process in mice and his recent work on thymic grafting has been almost disconcertingly productive of new ideas. I feel confident that this monograph will be of great value to a wide range of investigators and teachers interested in obtaining a clear summary of the present posiยญ tion. Incidentally, Dr. METCALF has provided a well chosen sample of factual material from which others who may wish to question some of his speculations, can draw their own conclusions. He has been careful to keep the observational and experimental facts clearly distinct from theoretical matters but has not shirked from making his conยญ tribution to the current ferment of immunological theory


1. The Structure of the Thymus -- 2. Thymus Grafts -- 3. Lymphocyte Migration from the Thymus -- 4. Regulation of Thymic Lymphopoiesis -- 1. The Nature and Supply of Incoming Repopulating Cells for the Thymus -- 2. Nature of the General Hormonal Environment of the Animal -- 3. Nature of Intrinsic Thymic Factors Stimulating Lymphopoiesis -- 5. Effect of the Thymus on Peripheral Lymphoid Organs -- 1. Effect of Thymectomy -- 2. Effect of Thymus Grafts -- 3. Effect of Thymus Extracts -- 6. The Thymus and Immune Responses -- 1. Effect of the Thymus on Immune Responses -- 2. Effect of the Thymus on Immune Tolerance -- 3. Effect of the Thymus in Autoimmune Disease -- 7. Trophic and other Functions of the Thymus -- 8. The Thymus and Lymphoid Leukaemia -- 1. Effect of Thymectomy and Thymus Grafts on Leukaemia Development -- 2. Preleukaemic Changes in the Thymus -- 3. Analysis of Sequential Preleukaemic Changes -- 4. Thymic Humoral Influence in Leukaemogenesis -- 5. Immune Status of Preleukaemic Mice -- 6. Is Leukaemogenesis due to an Intrathymic Breakdown in Immune Tolerance? -- 9. The Thymus and Carcinogenesis -- 10. General Discussion -- References

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