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Low number of memory B cells in the salivary glands of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome.
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PMID:  22849322     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We have previously shown that patients with primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) show a significant reduction of autoantigen specific CD27(+) memory B cells and an abnormally elevated level of autoantibody producing plasma cells in peripheral blood (PB) compared to controls. Because both memory B cells and plasma cells have been detected in salivary glands (SG) of pSS patients, we aimed to study the B cell pattern in SG biopsies. Double immunohistochemical staining of CD20 and CD27 was carried out on paraffin-embedded SG tissue from 10 pSS patients to distinguish CD20(+)/CD27(+) memory B cells, and identify the CD20(+) glandular B cell zones (BCZ). Given that plasma blasts and plasma cells are CD27(++) and CD20(-), additional CD138 single staining of serial sections allowed the distinction of CD27(++)/CD138(-) plasma blasts located within the BCZ from CD27(++)/CD138(+) plasma cells that were found mostly on the periphery of the BCZ and also observed interstitially. Both BCZ and the memory B cell populations were then quantified. Contrary to what has been reported earlier through immunoflourescent staining of memory B cells in SG tissue, we have shown that there is a low number of memory B cells located within the glandular BCZ. Plasma blasts and plasma cells, however, were more abundant in the SG. Together our findings suggest that these low numbers of memory B cells in both PB and SG of pSS patients may be the result of activation of these cells into plasma cells at the site of inflammation.
Lara A Aqrawi; Karl Albert Brokstad; Kjerstin Jakobsen; Roland Jonsson; Kathrine Skarstein
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-1
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Title:  Autoimmunity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1607-842X     ISO Abbreviation:  Autoimmunity     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8900070     Medline TA:  Autoimmunity     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Broegelmann Research Laboratory, The Gade Institute , Bergen , Norway.
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