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Eur J Immunol. 2002 Feb;32(2):561-7.

Reduction of marginal zone B cells in CD22-deficient mice.

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Department of Physiological Chemistry, Ulm University, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89081 Ulm, Germany.

Abstract

CD22 is a B cell-specific member of the immunoglobulin superfamily and binds to sialic acid. CD22 inhibits B cell receptor signaling. Mice deficient for CD22 show a largely normal B cell development. Here, we have performed a detailed analysis of the splenic B cell population and found that the subset of marginal zone (MZ) B cells was selectively reduced in CD22-deficient mice. CD22-deficient mice showed a lack of TNP-ficoll capturing cells in the MZ and a reduced response to TNP-ficoll, particularly when the antigen was applied intravenously. CD22-deficient B cells showed both enhanced motility as well as enhanced chemotaxis to certain chemokines. The altered chemokine responsiveness or the higher signaling capacity of CD22-deficient B cells may lead to the compromised MZ B cell compartment, as both processes have previously been shown to affect MZ composition.

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