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Scand J Immunol. 1988 Oct;28(4):457-64.

Induction of CD43 expression during activation and terminal differentiation of human B cells.

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Department of Immunology, University of Stockholm, Sweden.


Only a small population (25-30%) of human peripheral blood B lymphocytes expresses large sialoglycoprotein (LSGP) (CD43). However, in the presence of autologous T cells and pokeweed mitogen (PWM) a majority (50-90%) of the immunoglobulin-producing cells (cIg+ cells) that develop from these B cells express CD43 is detected with anti-CD43 monoclonal antibodies (MoAb) B1B6, and the proportion of CD43+cIg+ cells increases with time of culture. Furthermore, a relatively larger proportion (60-80%) of the IgG-producing cIg+ cells are CD43+ compared with IgM-containing cIg+ cells (30-50%). In human tonsils, significantly more CD43+ cells (35%) are found in the in vivo-activated fraction of B cells than in the fraction of resting B cells (5%). A majority of the cIg+ cells that develop from the resting or the in vivo-activated tonsillar B cells in a PWM-induced B-cell differentiation system are CD43+ (80-100%). Furthermore, tonsillar B cells depleted of CD43+ cells give rise to cIg+ cells, of which the majority are CD43+, and the proportion of such cells increases with time of culture (60-90%). Taken together, these results indicate that LSGP belongs to a group of B-cell membrane molecules that are induced and upregulated upon activation and differentiation.

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