Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, October 10th, 2004
"Human intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IEL) are important effector cells of the mucosal immune system and their study is hampered by the difficulty of their isolation. The molecular study of enriched samples of IEL is mandatory in the diagnosis of enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma and refractory celiac sprue. In order to isolate human small bowel IEL, we took advantage of the stress that intestinal epithelial cells (IEC) suffer during the conventional initial steps of IEL isolation, which induces their apoptosis but not that of IEL," investigators...
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