Journal article

Cell Cycle-associated CXCr4 expression in Germinal Center B Cells and its implications on affinity Maturation

Tom S Weber

FRONTIERS IN IMMUNOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2018

Abstract

Adaptation of antibody-mediated immunity occurs in germinal centers (GC). It is where affinity maturation, class switching, memory and plasma cell differentiation synergize to generate specific high-affinity antibodies that aid both to clear and protect against reinfection of invading pathogens. Within GCs, light and dark zone are two compartments instrumental in regulating this process, by segregating T cell-dependent selection and differentiation from generation of GC B cells bearing hypermutated antigen receptors. Spatial segregation of GC B cells into the two zones relies on the chemokine receptor CXCR4, with textbooks attributing high and low expression to a dark and light zone phenotyp..

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