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What happens to blood-borne antigens?

They are captured by marginal zone macrophages in the spleen and transferred to marginal zone B cells or follicular B cells without processing.


What happens to antigens in the GI tract?

They are transported through M cells to follicular B cells and B1 cells in lamina propria


What is cross-linking?

When 2 BCR molecules bind to the same antigen to activate a B-cell.


What are the additional signals for B cell activation?

CR2, TLR or a helper T cell


How can you tell if a B cell is activated?

It is proliferating


How can C3d help activate a B cell?

C3d binds to the CR2 along with antigen, causing cross-linking.


When is IgM released?

Early phase of humoral immune response


Describe the interactions between Th1/2 or reg's TCR and a B cell's BCR.

1. If Th1 binds to a B cell, Th1 secrets IFN-y and causes isotype switching to IgG.
2. If Th2 binds to a B cell, Th2 secrets IL-4 and causes isotype switching to IgE.
3. If Treg binds to a B cell, Treg secrets TGF-B and causes isotype switching to IgA.


Which Immunoglobulins can be secreted?

IgG, A, and E are secreted. IgM can be membrane bound or secreted. IgD is only membrane bound.


During isotype switching, what part of the Ig is changed? What does that entail?

The Fc region of the heavy chain of the antibody is changed; It alters the function of the antibody, NOT what it can bind to.


What enzyme performs the isotype switching?

Activation induced deaminase (AID), NOT RAG


Do all B cells isotype switch?



What do B-cells do after interacting with a Th cell?

(After isotype switching); Change their chemokine receptors again and go back to the follicle with the Th cell.
2. Form a germinal center making it a secondary follicle.


What is happening in the Dark zone of a germinal center?

B cells are undergoing somatic hypermutation; Changing the variable regions of the heavy and light chains. This process is also dependent on AID as it makes higher affinity antigens.


What is happening in the Light zone?

Follicular dendritic cells present antigens to B cell with their new antibodies; Positive selection


After surviving positive selection, what can happen to a B cell?

It can differentiate into a plasma cell or a memory cell.


Describe the life span of a plasma cell if it was made inside or outside the germinal center.

If made in the germinal center, it will migrate to the bone marrow and make antibodies for months to years.
If made outside the germinal center, it will stay in the secondary lymphoid organs and make antibody for a few weeks.


Describe memory b cells

Circulate in the blood and lymphoid organs; Long-lived. Will divide and differentiate if activated by antigen.