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An investigation on roles of OX40 and CD30 in B cell differentiation

Perks, Kerry Louise (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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TNF receptor/ligand superfamily members signal through pathways giving rise to proteins that regulate lymphocyte proliferation, activation, differentiation and survival. Absence of TNF ligands OX40L and CD30L impairs survival of GC T cells and affinity maturation of antibody responses. Direct effects of these molecules on B cells in antibody responses are not characterised. I dissected roles of OX40 and CD30 for B cells using T-independent type II (TI-II) antigen NP-Ficoll. Humoral immunity is impaired in OX40 deficiency. Defects in class switched and non-class switched antibody production are due to reduced development of antigen-specific switched and non-switched plasma cells. CD30 has an opposing role, deficiency results in similar or higher switched and non-switched antibody titres and higher numbers of antigen-specific plasma cells that develop rapidly. This may explain why in OX40/CD30 double deficiency, there is a less pronounced defect than in OX40 single deficiency. B cell intrinsic roles are revealed for OX40 and CD30 that suggest OX40 on B cells is critical for TI-II plasmablast differentiation or survival and B cell CD30 inhibits onset of plasmablast differentiation.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Toellner, K. M. and Lane, P. J. L.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
Department:School of Immunity and Infection
Subjects:QH426 Genetics
QR Microbiology
QR180 Immunology
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3500
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