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Mol Cell Biol. 2002 Dec;22(24):8580-91.

Essential, nonredundant role for the phosphoinositide 3-kinase p110delta in signaling by the B-cell receptor complex.

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Department of Biochemistry, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA.


Many receptor and nonreceptor tyrosine kinases activate phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3Ks). To assess the role of the delta isoform of the p110 catalytic subunit of PI3Ks, we derived enzyme-deficient mice. The mice are viable but have decreased numbers of mature B cells, a block in pro-B-cell differentiation, and a B1 B-cell deficiency. Both immunoglobulin M receptor-induced Ca(2+) flux and proliferation in response to B-cell mitogens are attenuated. Immunoglobulin levels are decreased substantially. The ability to respond to T-cell-independent antigens is markedly reduced, and the ability to respond to T-cell-dependent antigens is completely eliminated. Germinal center formation in the spleen in response to antigen stimulation is disrupted. These results define a nonredundant signaling pathway(s) utilizing the delta isoform of p110 PI3K for the development and function of B cells.

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