Britte C. Beaudette

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Autoreactive B cells are present in the lymphoid tissues of healthy individuals, but typically remain quiescent. When this homeostasis is perturbed, the formation of self-reactive antibodies can have serious pathological consequences. B cells expressing an antigen receptor specific for self-immunoglobulin-gamma (IgG) make a class of autoantibodies known as(More)
Individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis are characterized by the presence of high levels of circulating IgM and IgG autoantibodies. Although IgG autoantibodies often are pathogenic, the role of IgM autoantibodies in autoimmune disease is not clear. Using mice that are unable to secrete IgM but are able to express surface IgM(More)
Lethally irradiated mice reconstituted with histocompatible stem cells from Fas-deficient MRL/lpr mice develop a wasting syndrome reminiscent of chronic graft-versus-host disease. However, reconstitution with double Fas-/Fas ligand (FasL)-deficient stem cells does not result in wasting disease, demonstrating that FasL expression is an important component of(More)
MRL-lpr/lpr mice have a Fas receptor mutation that leads to abnormalities of apoptosis, lymphoproliferation, and a lupus-like autoimmune disease associated with the production of autoantibodies. Other than Fas pathway defects, little is known about molecular abnormalities that predispose to autoimmunity. Protein kinase CK2 (also termed casein kinase II), a(More)
The fate of an autoreactive B cell is determined in part by the nature of the interaction of the B cell receptor with its autoantigen. In the lpr model of systemic autoimmunity, as well as in certain human diseases, autoreactive B cells expressing rheumatoid factor (RF) binding activity are prominent. A murine B cell transgenic model in which the B cell(More)
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