Innate responses of B cells

Gray, D., Gray, M. and Barr, T. (2007) Innate responses of B cells. European Journal of Immunology, 37(12), pp. 3304-3310. (doi: 10.1002/eji.200737728)

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In this review, we describe the non-antibody-mediated functions of B cells within the immune system. In addition to antibody production, B cells also present antigen to T cells, programme T cell differentiation and regulate effector T cell responses and much of this is mediated by the cytokines they make. We focus on the potential of B cells to perform these functions simply as a result of activation via ‘innate’ receptors (e.g. Toll-like receptors) and often independently of BCR ligation. We feel an appreciation of these broad and often antigen-nonspecific functions is important at a time when there is an increasing use of B cell depletion as a therapy for autoimmune disease.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Tom
Authors: Gray, D., Gray, M., and Barr, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:European Journal of Immunology

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