The one signal theory of B cell activation revisited: a role for surface immunoglobulin in regulating T-independent antibody responses?
AA Mamchak, PD Hodgkin
Immunology and Cell Biology | Published : 1995
Early theories of antibody production by B cells achieved considerable success in predicting B cell behaviour with simple deductive models. One such model, the one signal theory, postulated that the antigen receptor on B cells played only a passive non-signalling role in focusing non-specific activating signals to the B cell surface. This prediction is at least partially consistent with recent discoveries concerning the helper signals delivered to B cells by T cells. Here, we re-examine the foundation of this theoretical prediction with the benefit of recent information. The experimental basis for the theory was a study of B cell activation by LPS and, in particular, the interpretation of a ..View full abstract