Deletion of the α immunoglobulin chain membrane-anchoring region reduces but does not abolish IgA secretion.

Class switching and plasma cell differentiation occur at a high level within all mucosa-associated lymphoid tissues. The different classes of membrane immunoglobulin heavy chains are associated with the Igα/Igβ heterodimer within the B-cell receptor (BCR). Whether BCR isotypes convey specific signals adapted to the corresponding differentiation stages… CONTINUE READING