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BOB.1/OBF.1 Deficiency Affects Marginal-Zone B-Cell Compartment


Nielsen,  Peter J.
Research Group and Chair of Molecular Immunology of the University of Freiburg, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Max Planck Society;

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Samardzic, T., Marinkovic, D., Nielsen, P. J., Nitschke, L., & Wirth, T. (2002). BOB.1/OBF.1 Deficiency Affects Marginal-Zone B-Cell Compartment. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 22(23), 8320-8331.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-95D6-A
Marginal-zone (MZ) B cells represent a first line of defense against particulate blood-borne antigens. Together with the B1 cells, they are responsible for the early response against type It T-independent antigens. The molecular pathways controlling the development of MZ B cells are only poorly understood. We found that these cells are virtually absent in mice deficient in the BOB.1/OBF.1 coactivator. Loss of these B cells was demonstrated by the lack of cells showing the appropriate cell surface phenotype but also by histological analyses and tri-nitro-phenol-Ficoll capturing. The lack of these cells is a B-cell-intrinsic defect, as shown by bone marrow complementation experiments. We also show that the expression of BOB.1/OBF.1 in peripheral B cells is required for the development of MZ B lymphocytes. Our analysis of BOB.1/OBF.1-deficient splenic B cells reveals alterations in cell motility, tumor necrosis factor receptor expression, and B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling. These changes could contribute to the loss of MZ B lymphocytes by altering the maturation of the cells. Interestingly, development of and BCR signaling in B1 B cells are completely normal in BOB.1/OBF.1 mutant mice.