Journal article

Finding a home for plasma cells - A niche to survive

Julie Tellier, Axel Kallies

European Journal of Immunology | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Long-term survival of plasma cells (PCs) and sustained antibody secretion require a specific microenvironment that provides the appropriate prosurvival signals. This plasma cell niche involves both mesenchymal and hematopoietic components. Although a consensus exists about the essential contribution of CXCL12(+) stromal cells in this environment, the identity of the hematopoietic participants remains a matter of debate. In this issue of the European Journal of Immunology, Zehentmeier et al. [Eur. J. Immunol. 2014. 44: 2306-2317] aim to identify the components of the bone marrow plasma cell niche in C57BL/6 mice in an unbiased manner by using a streamlined analysis of histological colocalizat..

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