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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A role for B cell-activating factor of the TNF family in chemically induced autoimmunity.

After exposure to subtoxic doses of heavy metals such as mercury, H-2s mice develop an autoimmune syndrome consisting of the rapid production of IgG autoantibodies that are highly specific for nucleolar autoantigens and a polyclonal increase in serum IgG1 and IgE. In this study, we observe that HgCl2 administration in susceptible mice results in the elevated production of B cell-activating factor of the TNF family ((BAFF) also known as BLyS, TALL-1, zTNF-4, THANK, and TNSF13B), a B cell growth factor belonging to the TNF family. A transmembrane activator and calcium-modulating and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI)-Ig fusion protein (which neutralizes both BAFF and a proliferation- inducing ligand (APRIL), another TNF family member) inhibited Hg-induced autoantibody or serum IgE production. These results are discussed in the context of the inhibitory effect of TACI-Ig on B cell maturation at the transitional stage.[1]


  1. A role for B cell-activating factor of the TNF family in chemically induced autoimmunity. Zheng, Y., Gallucci, S., Gaughan, J.P., Gross, J.A., Monestier, M. J. Immunol. (2005) [Pubmed]
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