Anti-CD79 antibody induces B cell anergy that protects against autoimmunity.


B cells play a major role in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, and type I diabetes mellitus, as indicated by the efficacy of B cell-targeted therapies in these diseases. Therapeutic effects of the most commonly used B cell-targeted therapy, anti-CD20 mAb, are contingent upon long-term depletion of peripheral B cells. In this article, we describe an alternative approach involving the targeting of CD79, the transducer subunit of the B cell AgR. Unlike anti-CD20 mAbs, the protective effects of CD79-targeted mAbs do not require cell depletion; rather, they act by inducing an anergic-like state. Thus, we describe a novel B cell-targeted approach predicated on the induction of B cell anergy.

DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1302672

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@article{Hardy2014AntiCD79AI, title={Anti-CD79 antibody induces B cell anergy that protects against autoimmunity.}, author={Ian R Hardy and Nadia Anceriz and François Rousseau and Matt B Seefeldt and Eric Hatterer and Magali Irla and Vanessa Buatois and Laurence E Chatel and Andrew Getahun and Ashley E. Fletcher and Laura Cons and Guillemette Pontini and Nicole A Hertzberg and Giovanni Magistrelli and Pauline Malinge and Mia J. Smith and W. Reith and Marie H. Kosco-Vilbois and Walter G Ferlin and John C Cambier}, journal={Journal of immunology}, year={2014}, volume={192 4}, pages={1641-50} }