The B cell response to autologous type II collagen: biased V gene repertoire with V gene sharing and epitope shift.


Collagen-induced arthritis is an autoimmune model disease induced in the DBA/1 mouse immunized with type II collagen (CII). Both T and B cells play a critical role for the induction of arthritis. Draining lymph nodes from CII-immunized mice contain high numbers of CII-specific B cells, which are isotype switched and V gene selected. In the present study we… (More)


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