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Hayakawa K, Asano M, Shinton SA, Gui M, Wen LJ, Dashoff J, Hardy RR
Positive selection of anti-Thy-1 autoreactive B-1 cells and natural serum autoantibody production independent from bone marrow B cell development
Journal of Experimental Medicine (2003) 197:87-99.
A natural serum autoantibody specific for the Thy-1 glycoprotein (anti- Thy-1 autoantibody [ATA]) is produced by B-1 cells that are positively selected by self-antigen. Here, using ATAmukappa transgenic mice we show that cells with this B cell receptor are negatively selected during bone marrow (BM) development. In a Thy-1 null environment, BM ATA B cells progress to a normal follicular stage in spleen. However, in a self- antigen-positive environment, development is arrested at an immature stage in the spleen, concomitant with induction of CD5. Such cells are tolerant and short-lived, different from B-1. Nonetheless, ATA-positive selection was evident by self-antigen-dependent high serum ATA production, comprising similar to90% of serum immunoglobulin M in ATAmukappa mice. Splenectomy did not eliminate ATA production and transfer of tolerant splenic B cells did not induce it. These findings demonstrate that B-1 positive selection, resulting in the production of natural serum ATA, arises independently from the major pathway of BM B cell development and selection.
Publication Date: 2003-01-01.
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