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Frequency analysis of functional immunoglobulin C and V gene expression in murine B cells at various ages.

The frequencies of lipopolysaccharide- (LPS) reactive B cells and their antibody specificity repertoire have been determined in the spleen and bone marrow (BM) of mice at different ages. A limiting dilution culture system was employed that allows the growth and development of every LPS-reactive B cell into a clone an IgM-secreting cells that are capable of switching to other Ig heavy chain isotypes (C gene expression). The secretion of IgM and IgG1 was assessed in the protein A plaque assay, whereas specific IgM antibody-secreting cells (V gene expression) were detected with the use of plaque assays specific for various heterologous erythrocytes and sheep red blood cells (SRBC) coupled with a number of different haptens. The frequencies of LPS-reactive B cells in the spleen and BM of C3H/ Tif, C57BL/Ka, BALB/c, and CBA/Rij mice appeared to be similar in 6- to 12- and 100-wk-old animals, as was the switch frequency to IgG1 secretion in three strains tested. Moreover, no age-related changes were observed in the frequencies of antigen-specific B cells within the pool of LPS-reactive B cells in the spleen and BM of C57BL/Ka mice. The frequencies ranged from 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 for NIP4- and NNP2-SRBC, from 1 in 50 to 1 in 100 for TNP30-SRBC, and from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 4000 for SRBC, HRBC, and GRBC. The specificity repertoire of the "spontaneously" occurring ("background") IgM-secreting cells in the spleen and BM, on the other hand, did differ between young and old C57BL/Ka mice. During aging the frequencies of the tested specificities decreased in the spleen but increased in the BM. Our data indicate that in unintentionally immunized mice the clonal selection of B lineage cells by antigen takes place at the level of the mature, antigen-reactive B cell.[1]

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  1. Frequency analysis of functional immunoglobulin C and V gene expression in murine B cells at various ages. Hooijkaas, H., Preesman, A.A., Van Oudenaren, A., Benner, R., Haaijman, J.J. J. Immunol. (1983) [Pubmed]
 
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