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Immunoglobulin G (IgG) molecules can have two completely opposing activities. They can be very potent pro-inflammatory mediators on the one hand, directing the effector functions of the innate immune system towards infected cells, tumor cells or healthy tissues in the case of autoimmune diseases. On the other hand, a mixture of IgG molecules purified from(More)
B cells and B cell-derived autoantibodies play a central role in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune diseases. Thus, depletion of B cells via monoclonal antibodies such as Rituximab is an obvious therapeutic intervention and has been used successfully in many instances. More recently, novel therapeutic options targeting either the autoantibody itself or(More)
Siglec-G, a member of the sialic acid-binding Ig-like lectin (Siglec) family, is expressed on B cell and dendritic cell surfaces. It acts as an inhibitory coreceptor and modulates B cell activation, especially on B1 cells, as Siglec-G-deficient mice show mainly a B1 cell-restricted phenotype resulting in increased B1 cell numbers. Although higher B1 cell(More)
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