Regulation of Human B Cell Growth

  • J. L. AmbrusJr.
  • A. S. Fauci
  • K. R. YoungJr.
  • P. McFarland
  • L. Chesky
  • H. Mostowski
  • M. Chandan
  • F. M. Uckun
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4613-8862-3_2

Part of the Experimental Hematology Today—1988 book series (HEMATOLOGY, volume 1988)
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Ambrus J.L. et al. (1989) Regulation of Human B Cell Growth. In: Baum S.J., Dicke K.A., Lotzová E., Pluznik D.H. (eds) Experimental Hematology Today—1988. Experimental Hematology Today—1988, vol 1988. Springer, New York, NY

Abstract

The study of human B cell function involves examination of the events leading to maturation of B cells from B lineage lymphoid progenitor cells as well as the stages of activation, proliferation and differentiation which mature resting B lymphocytes must undergo to become immunoglobulin producing plasma cells [1–3]. In human B cell physiology (as opposed to murine B cell physiology) there appear to be molecules which act only at specific stages to induce either activation, proliferation or differentiation. However, as in murine B cell physiology, there are also molecules which can act at various stages. Antigen or anti-Ig will activate cells while B cell growth factors (BCGFs) [4–8] will induce their proliferation and B cell differentiation factors including interleukin-6 (IL-6) [9–11] will induce their differentiation. IL-2 in high concentrations can induce activation [12], proliferation, and differentiation [13] of human lymphocytes. In the next section, we will discuss some of our work examining the action of BCGFs in the regulation of normal human B cell proliferation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. AmbrusJr.
  • A. S. Fauci
  • K. R. YoungJr.
  • P. McFarland
  • L. Chesky
  • H. Mostowski
  • M. Chandan
  • F. M. Uckun

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