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Huber, C; Thielen, C; Seeger, H; Schwarz, Petra; Montrasio, F; Wilson, M R; Heinen, E; Fu, Yang-Xin; Miele, G; Aguzzi, A (2005). Lymphotoxin-beta receptor-dependent genes in lymph node and follicular dendritic cell transcriptomes. Journal of Immunology, 174(9):5526-5536.

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Affinity maturation and Ab class switches occur in lymphoid germinal centers (GCs), in which differentiation and maintenance depend on lymphotoxin (LT) signaling and include differentiation of follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). The events leading to FDC and GC maturation are poorly defined. Using several approaches of functional genomics, we enumerated transcripts affected in mice by suppressing LT beta receptor (LTbetaR) signaling and/or overrepresented in FDC-enriched GC isolates. Protein expression analysis of 3 of 12 genes both enriched in FDCs and down-regulated by LTbetaR signaling suppression validated them as FDC markers. Functional analysis of one of these three, clusterin, suggests a role as an FDC-derived trophic factor for GC B cells. Hence, the set of genes presented in this study includes markers emanating from LTbetaR signaling and transcripts relevant to GC and FDC function.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:1 May 2005
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:20
Publisher:American Association of Immunologists
Publisher DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.174.9.5526
Related URLs:http://www.jimmunol.org/cgi/content/full/174/9/5526
PubMed ID:15843551

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