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The Role of B Cells in Pregnancy: the Good and the Bad.
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PMID:  23351028     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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B lymphocytes are pleiotropic cells belonging to the adaptive arm of the immune system. Although B cells were classically regarded for their capacity to produce antibodies, in the recent years, several other functions were attributed to these cells. B cells can uptake, process and present antigens as well as produce several cytokines that further influence immunity.Mammalian pregnancies represent a fascinating phenomenon in which the maternal immune system must be able to 'tolerate' the semi-allogenic fetus while simultaneously protecting the mother and the fetus against external pathogens. This requires a finely regulated balance between immune activation and tolerance. In this regard, B cells and the antibodies they produced were shown to actively participate in both, pregnancy well-being as well as pregnancy-associated pathologies.We discuss here the currently available information concerning the role of B cells in the context of pregnancy.
Authors:
Damián Muzzio; Ana Claudia Zenclussen; Federico Jensen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of reproductive immunology (New York, N.Y. : 1989)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1600-0897     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Reprod. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8912860     Medline TA:  Am J Reprod Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Affiliation:
Experimental Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany.
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