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Eur J Immunol. 1990 Aug;20(8):1685-90.

Anti-immunoglobulin antibodies induce apoptosis in immature B cell lymphomas.

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National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, GB.


WEHI-231 and CH31 are phenotypically immature sIgM+ murine B cell lymphomas whose growth is inhibited by anti-immunoglobulin (Ig) antibodies. These lines have therefore been used as models for studying the role of surface Ig receptors in the induction of B cell tolerance. We show here that anti-mu antibodies induce DNA cleavage into oligonucleosomal fragments characteristic of programmed cell death (apoptosis) in both cell lines, although WEHI-231 cells are less susceptible than CH31. This effect was reversed by lipopolysaccharide, in agreement with the known effects of lipopolysaccharide on anti-Ig-induced growth inhibition. These results therefore indicate that these lymphomas afford a potentially interesting model to study the mechanisms of programmed cell death induced by ligation of the antigen receptors on normal B cells.

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