The BAFF/APRIL system: life beyond B lymphocytes
B cell activating factor belonging to the TNF family (BAFF) and a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) are two members of the TNF ligand superfamily. Studies of BAFF, APRIL and their receptors have highlighted the importance of this ligand/receptor system in regulating B cell homeostasis, tolerance and malignancy. Neutralizing BAFF can inhibit disease progression in animal models of autoimmunity, possibly by reducing survival of autoreactive B cells. In addition, BAFF inhibitors also prevent B lymphoma cell survival and may be useful for the treatment of lymphoid cancers. Recent work suggests that BAFF is also important for T cell activation and differentiation, an aspect that may be critical for the progression of certain autoimmune diseases. Therefore, targeting the BAFF/APRIL system may protect against autoimmunity and lymphoid cancers through the inhibition of pathogenic B and T cell functions.
|Authors||Ng, L. G.;Mackay, C. R.;Mackay, F. :|
|Publisher Name||MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY|
|URL link to publisher's version||http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=15829264|