Ig alpha/Ig beta complexes generate signals for B cell development independent of selective plasma membrane compartmentalization.


Ligand-induced BCR association with detergent-resistant plasma membrane compartments (lipid rafts) has been argued to be essential for initiating and/or sustaining Igalpha/Igbeta-dependent BCR signaling. Because a fraction of the BCR and an even larger fraction of the preBCR associates with lipid rafts in the apparent absence of ligand stimulation, it has… (More)