Anti-chromatin antibodies drive in vivo antigen-specific activation and somatic hypermutation of rheumatoid factor B cells at extrafollicular sites.

@article{Herlands2007AntichromatinAD,
  title={Anti-chromatin antibodies drive in vivo antigen-specific activation and somatic hypermutation of rheumatoid factor B cells at extrafollicular sites.},
  author={Robin A Herlands and J. F. William and Uri Hershberg and Mark J. Shlomchik},
  journal={European journal of immunology},
  year={2007},
  volume={37 12},
  pages={3339-51}
}
A dominant type of spontaneous autoreactive B cell activation in murine lupus is the extrafollicular generation of plasmablasts. The factors governing such activation have been difficult to identify due to the stochastic onset and chronic nature of the response. Thus, the ability to induce a similar autoreactive B cell response with a known autoantigen in vivo would be a powerful tool in deciphering how autoimmune responses are initiated. We report here the establishment and characterization of… CONTINUE READING
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