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Cell. 1985 Jul;41(3):999-1006.

B lymphocyte receptors and polyphosphoinositide degradation.


Resting B lymphocytes can be activated and induced to proliferate by antibodies against their antigen receptors (anti-lg). We demonstrate an early increase in the level of [3H]inositol trisphosphate in [3H]inositol-labeled murine B cells, which suggests breakdown of phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate by phospholipase C. In line with this, the level of [3H]1,2-diacylglycerol was also elevated after incubation of [3H]arachidonic-acid-labeled B cells with anti-Ig. Anti-lg also caused a rapid increase in the level of cytosolic Ca2+ in B cells. In contrast, two other polyclonal B cell activators, lipopolysaccharide and phorbol myristate acetate, failed to induce any of these effects. Our results suggest that anti-lg may induce B cell growth via phosphoinositide degradation and Ca2+ mobilization, and that phorbol myristate acetate, and possibly lipopolysaccharide, bypass these initial events.

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