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Scand J Immunol. 2012 Oct;76(4):371-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3083.2012.02752.x.

B cell-activating factor enhances interleukin-6 and interleukin-10 production by ODN-activated human B cells.

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Department of Internal Medicine A, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel.


We aim to investigate the additive value of B cell-activating factor (BAFF) when added to oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN)-activated B cells with respect to TLR-9, CD69, MHC-II expression, IL-6 and IL-10 secretion and B cell cycling. Therefore, B cells from healthy individuals were incubated under the following conditions: (1) B cells with medium, (2) B cells with ODN 0.5 μm, (3) B cells with BAFF 20 μm and (4) B cells with both ODN 0.5 μm and BAFF 20 μm. We found that addition of BAFF did not enhance the expression of TLR-9, CD69 and MHC-II in ODN-activated B cells. Incubation of B cells with BAFF and ODN together leads to a marked elevation of IL-6 and IL-10 levels compared to ODN alone. Synthesis and mitosis were higher in B cells stimulated by BAFF than in B cells stimulated by ODN. These findings suggest that both BAFF and TLR-9 contribute independently to B cell function.

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