Polarized expression of immunoglobulin, spectrin, and protein kinase C beta II occurs in B cells from normal BALB/c, autoimmune lpr, and anti-ssDNA transgenic, tolerant mice

Patricia A. Masso-Welch, Jennifer D. Black, Jan Erikson, Elizabeth A. Repasky

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The rapid redistribution of B cell surface immunoglobulin to a cap upon cross-linking treatment is a well-described phenomenon, the physiological significance of which is unknown. We describe the observation that splenic B cells from unimmunized normal, autoimmune, and tolerant mice express naturally occurring capped immunoglobulin in the absence of exogenous stimulation. The percentage of capped B cells increases to 20% of B cells by age 16 weeks in the progressive autoimmune lpr mouse. Transgenic, tolerant mice expressing lpr-derived genes for ssDNA-binding antibody also demonstrate a large percentage (35-75%) of immunoglobulin-capped splenic B cells. In these capped B cells, protein kinase C beta II, the cytoskeletal proteins spectrin and ankyrin, and the lipophilic probe diI are enriched beneath the site of the immunoglobulin cap. These data suggest that polarization of surface receptors, signaling molecules, anionic phospholipid domains, and cytoskeletal proteins may be an important part of the B cell immune response in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-624
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Leukocyte Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999



  • Ankyrin
  • Immune response
  • diI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology

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