The World Health Organization and the Government of Iraq gave generous support to Elias I. Shaya during the period of his research in Manchester.
Weight and Lymphocyte Content of the Female Rat's Thymus Following First Mating*
Version of Record online: 9 MAY 2013
American Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Volume 1, Issue 3, pages 150–153, July 1981
How to Cite
SHAYA, E. I., McLEAN, J. M. and GIBBS, A. C. (1981), Weight and Lymphocyte Content of the Female Rat's Thymus Following First Mating. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 1: 150–153. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0897.1981.tb00148.x
- Issue online: 9 MAY 2013
- Version of Record online: 9 MAY 2013
- Accepted Nov. 10, 1980
ABSTRACT: Eleven groups, each of ten Sprague-Dawley female rats, were sacrificed at 12 to 13 weeks of age; one group of virgins, the others at two-day intervals during the first ten days after either inbred or outbred mating. Observations were made on thymus weight, total white cell count, and thymic white cell density.
Compared with the virgin group no significant differences were observed in the thymic weight at any stage after either inbred or outbred mating. In contrast the total white cell counts were significantly greater than the virgin count on the second postcoital day after both inbred and outbred mating.
These increased total counts were maintained until the end of the observation period and were associated with significant increases in the thymic white cell densities. These observations suggest that mating and implantation initiate and sustain a mechanism of lymphocyte accumulation in the rat thymus.