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B cells-Masters of the immunoverse.
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PMID:  21147251     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The immune system involves the complex interplay between many different cell types. Over the last decade, T cells, dendritic cells (DC) and macrophages have all been implicated as the key regulator cells of the immunological response, linking innate and adaptive immunity. The forgotten cell in this discourse has been the B-cell. Long considered as simple antibody production units dictated to by T-cells, recent years have begun to shift this assumption. The discovery that numerous B-cell subsets exist, with specific regulatory functions capable of modulating T-cell and chronic inflammatory responses has revealed a hitherto unappreciated role of B-cells. In particular, these ideas have been developed in light of the surprisingly successful responses delivered in autoimmune settings following depletion of B-cells with the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab. Here we summarise the history of the humble B-cell and discuss some of the key recent findings that lead us to propose it as an important regulator of ongoing immune responses and as such, one of the masters of the immunoverse.
Andrew T Vaughan; Ali Roghanian; Mark S Cragg
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-13
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Title:  The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-5875     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-1-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9508482     Medline TA:  Int J Biochem Cell Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Cancer Sciences Division, University of Southampton School of Medicine, General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK.
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