Tolerance without clonal expansion: Self-antigen-expressing B cells program self-reactive T cells for future deletion

Friederike Frommer, Tobias J. A. J. Heinen, F. Thomas Wunderlich, Nir Yogev, Thorsten Buch, Axel Roers, Estelle Bettelli, Werner Mueller, Stephen M. Anderton, Ari Waisman

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Abstract / Description of output

B cells have been shown in various animal models to induce immunological tolerance leading to reduced immune responses and protection from autoimmunity. We show that interaction of B cells with naive T cells results in T cell triggering accompanied by the expression of negative costimulatory molecules such as PD-1, CTLA-4, B and T lymphocyte attenuator, and CD5. Following interaction with B cells, T cells were not induced to proliferate, in a process that was dependent on their expression of PD-1 and CTLA-4, but not CD5. In contrast, the T cells became sensitive to Ag-induced cell death. Our results demonstrate that B cells participate in the homeostasis of the immune system by ablation of conventional self-reactive T cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5748-5759
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of Immunology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD/biosynthesis
  • Antigens, CD/genetics
  • Antigens, CD/immunology
  • Antigens, CD5/biosynthesis
  • Antigens, CD5/genetics
  • Antigens, CD5/immunology
  • Antigens, Differentiation/biosynthesis
  • Antigens, Differentiation/genetics
  • Antigens, Differentiation/immunology
  • Autoantigens/biosynthesis
  • Autoantigens/immunology
  • Autoimmunity/physiology
  • B-Lymphocytes/immunology
  • B-Lymphocytes/metabolism
  • CTLA-4 Antigen
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Clonal Deletion/physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation/immunology
  • Homeostasis/immunology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • T-Lymphocytes/immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes/metabolism


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