Evidence for selection of a population of multi-reactive B cells into the splenic marginal zone.

Academic Article


  • Antibody reactivity to self-antigens is a normal component of the immune system. To study the mechanism by which self-reactive B cells are generated and maintained, we analyzed B cell development in transgenic mice that express a rearranged VH81X heavy chain from the pre-immune repertoire. In these mice, > 95% of B cells express the transgene in association with a variety of kappa light chains but V kappa 1 C being the dominant light chain. These transgenic B cells with identical V kappa 1C-J kappa 5 joins do not normally secrete IgM in vivo, but antibodies derived from these B cells, through LPS activation in vitro or after hybridoma immortalization, are self-reactive and recognize an ubiquitous epitope(s) on intracytoplasmic proteins from different tissues. They have the phenotype and localization pattern of long-lived marginal zone B cells and their development in vivo is blocked by injection of soluble VH81X-V kappa 1CJ kappa 5 IgM antibody. The observations in this transgenic mouse provide evidence for positive selection of a population of self-reactive B cells. These B cells enter the peripheral pool of B cells where they localize in the marginal zone of the spleen and, in contrast to other transgene-expressing B cells, do not secrete IgM antibody.
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  • Animals, Antibodies, Autoantigens, B-Lymphocyte Subsets, Gene Rearrangement, B-Lymphocyte, Half-Life, Immunoglobulin Heavy Chains, Immunoglobulin Idiotypes, Immunoglobulin Variable Region, Immunoglobulin kappa-Chains, Immunophenotyping, Mice, Mice, Inbred BALB C, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Transgenic, Spleen
  • Author List

  • Chen X; Martin F; Forbush KA; Perlmutter RM; Kearney JF
  • Start Page

  • 27
  • End Page

  • 41
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 1