Regulation of B cell self-tolerance by BAFF
To avoid the generation of pathogenic autoantibodies, self-reactive lymphocytes are deleted at several distinct checkpoints during B cell maturation. BAFF is required for mature B cell development and survival but causes B cell hyperplasia and autoimmunity when it is overexpressed. Self-reactive B cells have reduced responsiveness to BAFF and therefore die due to the limiting levels of BAFF available in vivo. Elevated BAFF expression subverts B cell self-tolerance by rescuing self-reactive B cells normally deleted relatively late during maturation. Strongly self-reactive B cells are deleted prior to expression of BAFF-R and are therefore resistant to rescue by BAFF.
|Authors||Brink, R. :|
|Responsible Garvan Author|
|Publisher Name||SEMINARS IN IMMUNOLOGY|
|URL link to publisher's version||http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=16916609|
|OpenAccess link to author's accepted manuscript version||https://publications.gimr.garvan.org.au/open-access/2023|