Subpopulations of B lymphocytes in germinal centers

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  • With two new monoclonal antibodies and flow cytometry, we defined three subpopulations among B cells expressing binding sites for peanut agglutinin (i.e., B cells of the germinal center). One monoclonal antibody (5B5) binds globotriaosyl ceramide. The B lymphocytes binding 5B5 have binding sites for peanut agglutinin on the surface and express only small amounts of sIgD and sIgM. When tested against a panel of B cell lines, only Burkitt's lymphoma cells were 5B5+. Moreover, the 5B5+cells have larger average sizes and a large fraction of proliferating cells. The other monoclonal antibody (HK23) binds a 90,000 protein. Lymphocytes binding HK23 are 5B5-and include T cells and a subpopulation of B cells. In contrast to 5B5+cells, the HK23+and peanut agglutinin positive B cells express a large amount of sIgM. These two subpopulations of germinal centers are distinct from the germinal center B cell subpopulation expressing the CD23 (Blast-2)antigen. The CD23+B cells are 5B5-and express an intermediate level of HK23 antigen. In addition, CD23+B cells are highly variable in number, whereas the proportions of HK23+and 5B5+cells are relatively stable.
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    Author List

  • Fyfe G; Cebra-Thomas JA; Mustain E; Davie JM; Alley CD; Nahm MH
  • Start Page

  • 2187
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  • 2194
  • Volume

  • 139
  • Issue

  • 7