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J Vis Exp. 2015 Nov 1;(105):e53319. doi: 10.3791/53319.

The bm12 Inducible Model of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in C57BL/6 Mice.

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1
Division of Immunobiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
2
Division of Immunobiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Edith.Janssen@cchmc.org.

Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with diverse clinical and immunological manifestations. Several spontaneous and inducible animal models mirror common components of human disease, including the bm12 transfer model. Upon transfer of bm12 splenocytes or purified CD4 T cells, C57BL/6 mice rapidly develop large frequencies of T follicular helper cells (Tfh), germinal center (GC) B cells, and plasma cells followed by high levels of circulating anti-nuclear antibodies. Since this model utilizes mice on a pure C57BL/6 background, researchers can quickly and easily study disease progression in transgenic or knockout mouse strains in a relatively short period of time. Here we describe protocols for the induction of the model and the quantitation Tfh, GC B cells, and plasma cells by multi-color flow cytometry. Importantly, these protocols can also be used to characterize disease in most mouse models of SLE and identify Tfh, GC B cells, and plasma cells in other disease models.

PMID:
26554458
PMCID:
PMC4692688
DOI:
10.3791/53319
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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