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Mandik-Nayak L , Seo SJ , Eaton-Bassiri A , Allman D , Hardy RR , Erikson J
Functional consequences of the developmental arrest and follicular exclusion of anti-double-stranded DNA B cells
Journal of Immunology. 2000 Feb 1;164(3) :1161-1168
PMID: ISI:000084910300004   
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Anti-dsDNA B cells are actively tolerized in nonautoimmune BALB/c mice, as manifested by their developmental arrest, follicular exclusion, and rapid turnover rate. Previously, we have documented changes in the maturation status and follicular localization of anti-dsDNA B cells in autoimmune-prone MRL (+/+ and lpr/lpr) mice, To determine whether these differences in developmental status and follicular localization affect the functional capacity of anti-dsDNA B cells, we have now compared their in vivo life spans and their responses to in vitro stimuli, Our study shows that although anti-dsDNA B cells from both BALB/c and MRL-+/+ mice are localized to the T/B interface, only those in BALB/c mice have a rapid turnover rate. Therefore, the immature status and not the exclusion from the B cell follicle correlates with a shortened life span. Interestingly, apoptotic anti-dsDNA B cells were not detected at the T/B interface in BALB/c mice, suggesting that they are not dying there. This study also demonstrates that anti-dsDNA B cells, regardless of maturation status or follicular localization, are able to proliferate and up-regulate the costimulatory molecule B7-2 in response to CD40 ligand and IL- 4, Therefore, one of the critical in vivo differences between anti-dsDNA B cells in BALB/c and MRL-+/+ mice compared with MRL-lpr/lpr mice may be the availability of T cell help.
Times Cited: 12 English Article 277AJ J IMMUNOL