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Regulation of murine B cell growth and differentiation by CD30 ligand.

A ligand for CD30 has been recently cloned, and has been shown to have sequence homology with the tumor necrosis factor family of cytokines. CD30 ligand (CD30L) was found to be induced on helper T cell clones, and its receptor was expressed on freshly isolated and activated murine B cells. Recombinant murine CD30L was found to share many functional properties with CD40 ligand (CD40L) in the regulation of murine B cell growth and differentiation in vitro. CD30L stimulated B cell proliferation, antigen-specific antibody production, and polyclonal immunoglobulin secretion in a cytokine-dependent manner. In particular, the stimulation of B cell proliferation by CD30L required interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-5, induction of anti-sheep red blood cell antibody-secreting B cells by CD30L required IL-2 and IL-5, and optimal induction of polyclonal immunoglobulin secretion required IL-4 and IL-5. Under these conditions, the polyclonal secretion of IgG1, IgA, IgG3 and IgE was induced. The induction of immunoglobulin secretion by CD30L was independent of CD40L, as B cells from CD40L deficient-mice responded normally to CD30L treatment. We conclude that CD30L is a potent mediator of B cell growth and differentiation in vitro and may play a role in cognate T cell-B cell interactions.[1]


  1. Regulation of murine B cell growth and differentiation by CD30 ligand. Shanebeck, K.D., Maliszewski, C.R., Kennedy, M.K., Picha, K.S., Smith, C.A., Goodwin, R.G., Grabstein, K.H. Eur. J. Immunol. (1995) [Pubmed]
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