Author(s): Bertotto A, Castellucci G, Radicioni M, Bartolucci M, Vaccaro R
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Abstract The proportion of T lymphocytes, mainly CD4 positive, co-expressing the CD40 ligand (CD40-L) was significantly greater (P = 0.001) in the colostrum of 10 breast-feeding mothers than in either autologous or heterologous blood. This surface glycoprotein is a T cell molecule involved in B cell isotype switching and immunoglobulin production with its natural counter-receptor, CD40, expressed by both adult and infant B lymphocytes. As the T cells of newborn infants fail to express the CD40-L when stimulated in vitro, the in vivo upregulation on milk T lymphocytes may be one of the mechanisms through which the mother transfers immune protection to the suckling infant.
This article was published in Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed
and referenced in International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy