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Eur. J. Immunol. 1987 Jun;17(6):849-54
Treatment of mice with hydroxyurea to selectively kill all cycling cells has been used to study population dynamics and life expectancy of “natural” immunoglobulin-secreting cells in the bone marrow and spleen of nonimmunized animals. The results show that 50 to 90% of those cells are eliminated 2 to 3 days after one cycle of hydroxyurea administration, demonstrating their recent origin from cycling precursors. Using a protocol of long-term hydroxyurea treatment which abrogates cell production from the cycling precursors compartments, it was shown that “natural” immunoglobulin-secreting cells have a very short half renewal time, in the range of 15-60 h.