The progressive lymphoepithelial development of the rabbit appendix was examined by light and electron microscopy. At 5 days postnatally, the appendix wall primitively resembles the mature organ but lacks both the discrete lymphoid organization and most cell types. The dome appears to be the first recipient of lymphoid cells. By 18 days the lymphoid nodule has become compartmentalized and lymphoid. The epithelium, although not fully developed, is in contact with the lymphocytes of the dome. The 5-week-old appendix has all the lymphoepithelial components of the adult but lacks the size of the mature organ. At all ages reported, plasma cells and dendritic cells are absent. Bacteria, thought to be essential to appendiceal lymphoid development, are not apparent at 5 or 18 days. The features common to central or peripheral lymphoid tissues are discussed.

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