TABLE 1

Effect of sex and strain on the phagocytosis of autologous apoptotic thymocytes by peritoneal macrophages

StrainPercent phagocytosis (%)
Phagocytosis index
1 week2 weeks3 weeks12 weeks1 week2 weeks3 weeks12 weeks
Balb/c F51 ± 2* (5)58 ± 3* (12)38 ± 4* (19)45 ± 4* (10)92 ± 5*116 ± 9*70 ± 13*97 ± 15*
C57B1/6 F28 ± 1* (8)31 ± 3* (11)31 ± 3* (16)32 ± 2 (10)38 ± 1*52 ± 7*46 ± 5*55 ± 5
NOD F12 ± 3 (6)20 ± 2 (15)16 ± 3 (16)28 ± 4 (10)18 ± 534 ± 325 ± 645 ± 7
NOD M20 ± 2* (7)25 ± 2* (17)14 ± 1 (18)18 ± 2* (7)30 ± 5*38 ± 318 ± 224 ± 4*
NOR F23 ± 1 (13)23 ± 1* (20)42 ± 3* (10)33 ± 135 ± 272 ± 6*
Idd5 F27 ± 2* (9)41 ± 2* (15)39 ± 472 ± 5*
Idd5 M28 ± 3* (5)42 ± 5
  • Data are means ± SE.

  • *

    * P < 0.05 vs. NOD females (two-way ANOVA).