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3 kinds of B cell Subsets exist...

Which are the main B cells?

Which are considered innate like?

Which are T independent and which are T dependent?

Which cells mediate the adaptive immune response?

1. B-2 cells

2. B-1 and Marginal Zone B cells

3. Conventional B-2 cells are T DEPENDENT

( B1 and MZ are T independent)



Which of the following do not undergo somatic hypermutation? What is required for somatic hypermutation and what are these requirements similar to?

1. B-1
2. B-2
3. Marginal Zone B cells

B-1 and MZ B cells

- somatic hypermutation requires AID and Switch region (like isotope switching)


Where are B-1 cells made? Where are conventional B-2 cells made?

State the following for B-1 Cells:
1. Primary Location
2. Where first produced
3. Repertoir (large or smalle) & why?
4. Long or short lived
5. Innate or Adaptive immunity
6. Memory? Somatic Hypermutation?


2. Bone Marrow

B-1 Cells:
1. Body cavities --> peritoneal, pleural
3. SMALL repertoire since no somatic hypermutation or isotype switch
4. LONG lived --> self-renewing

** self-renewing, unlike B-2 cells which are replaced from bone marrow

RESPOND TO CARB ANTIGEN (unlike B-2 which responds to peptide)


State the following for MZ cells:

1. When made?
2. V-region repertoir
3. Primary location**
4. Respond to Carb Antigen?
5. Somatic hypermutation?
6. Memory?
7. Innate or adaptive?

1. After birth
2. Restricted V region (not diverse)
4. YES respond to carb antigen (microorganisms)
5. NO somatic hypermutation
7. INNATE!!!!

** long lived!!


Where are Marginal Zone B cells found?

SPLENIC marginal zone at the interface of circulation & lymphoid tissue

** innate like --> first line of defense**


Protein antigens usually require adjuvent, what is the purpose of adjuvent?

What is the most common adjuvent used with vaccines?

Adjuvent enhances IMMUNOGENICITY

2. Use Alum --> Aluminum Hydroxide
- allows for greater affinity of antigen to antibody
- readily invested by APC's
- - can get an insoluble form which will be rapidly taken up by macrophages

** too little immunogen results in NO immune response**


What are the main factors that influence Immunogenicity?

1. Size
- large size
- at least 10,000 daltons
(ex: insulin injected from bovines was only 6,000D and did not elicit an immune response which is why it could be used for diabetic patients back in the day)

2. Subcutaneous
3. Need PARTICULATE form
4. Adjuvants
- can get an insoluble form which will be rapidly taken up by macrophages


The following describes what type of B cells:
2. No somatic Hypermutation
3. No memory

B-1 and MZ B cells


____ of Immunogen affects the immune response.

Ex; Snake Venome


- need at least 10,000 daltons

main point :
NEED a certain amount of antigen before the primary immune response is initiated to produce IgM, soon after IgG produced for secondary response

Snake Venom will not generate an immune response since it does not induce a large enough immunogenic antibody production


State how T - Dependent B activation occurs.

1. BCR interacts with antigen
2. ANtigen is internalized with the BCR and is degraded
3. Peptides associate with MHC - II molecules and go to the surface of the B cell
4. TCR of the T cell recognizes the peptide in context of MHC-II and is stimulated to produce cytokines
5. Cytokines activate the B cell to proliferate and differentiate into antibody producing cells


What are the 2 signals required for T- Dependent B cell activation?

1. Interaction of BCR with antigen
2. Interaction of TCR with peptide/MHC complex and interaction between COSTIMULATORY MOLECULES CD40 (B cell) and CD40L (T cell)


How does T INDEPENDENT Activation occur?

1. Usually Carbohydrates (like B-1 and MZ B cells)

2. SECOND SIGNAL is provided by the ANTIGEN
- can give a signal to the B cell to become activated via a TLR


Activation of Th cells by TCR interaction with peptide/MHCII triggers T cells to secrete cytokines to activate and initiate B cell proliferation/differentiation/

What are these cytokines?
What second signal is required before the cytokines are released?

1. IL4, IL5, IL6
- (involved in Th2 response, promotes growth of B cells, enhances class switching to IgE and IgG)

IL- 5
- promotes differentiation of B cells
- enhances switching to IgA
- stimulates growth of eosonophils

- causes fever and stimulates production of acute phase proteins

2. CO-STIMULATORY signal by B cell CD40 binding to T cell CD40L


What 2 things are required to push B cells into proliferation?

Cytokines (IL4,5,6)

and Co-stimulatory Signal (CD40 & CD40L)


Once the B cells proliferate, what are formed?

2. Plasma Cells
3. memory B cells


Because B and T cells must recognize the same antigen, how does one make Anti-Polysaccharide Antigen that functions as a T -dependent response (but is actually T-independent)?

State how this relates to the example of Hymophealus Influenza Vaccines.

B cells recognize 3D conformation of antigens
T cells recognize peptide in context of MHC

ex: hymopholus Influenza  cannot make an anti-carbohydrate antibody (which are T independent responses, but babies do not make T independent, ONLY T DEPENDENT)

how do we get a baby to make T independent antigen (anti carbohydrate)???

1. Have a B cell bind bacterial polysaccharide epitope linked to tetanus toxoid protein

2. The B cell recognizes and binds the polysaccharide, internalizes and degrades the whole conugate and then displays toxoid derived peptides on surface MHC Class II molecules.

3. Helper T cell generated in response to earlier vaccination against the toxoid recognize the complex on the B cell surface and activate the B cells to produce anti-polysaccharide antibody.

4. This antibody can then protect against infection with H. Infleunza type B.

MAIN = take a T independent antigen and make it a T dependent antigen
(germinal center, memory, somatic hypermutation)


In regards to the primary and secondary response:

1. Which has better affinity? Why?
2. What antibodies are produced in both?

- due to somatic hypermutation at the end of primary response!!!!
- antibody titer is higher in secondary response

2. IgM = primary, SLOW
IgG = secondary, QUICK


B and T cells must recognize the same _____ although they don't recognize the same _____.

1. Antigen
2. Epitope

- H. Influenza Type B:
- babies don't make T -independent responses to polysaccharides
- link the polysaccharide to protein (tetanus toxoid- t dependent)

B cells with specificity for the polysaccharide will bind the H. Influenza polysaccharide linked to tetanus toxoid and will present peptides of the tetanus toxoid to T cells
- T cells can interact and stimulate H. Influenza polysaccharide specific B cells


How do we get IgG in the secondary response from IgM?

What is required for this? (2)

Where does this occur?

1. Isotope Switching

2.. AID & Switch region

3. Occurs in the PERIPHERY
- in the germinal center


What regulates Isotope Switching?

What is rearranged?

Can this be reversed?

1. Occurs during T dependent responses and is regulated by T Cell CYTOKINES

2. C H region
- heavy chain of the constant region
- antigen specificity remains the same! (same VDK associated with IgA that was with previously made IgM)

3. Cannot be reversed since all the intervening genes were spliced out!


What 2 things from previous lectures rely on ALTERNATIVE SPLICING?

1. Membrane vs. Secreted IgM

2. IgM vs. IgD


State the following for Somatic Rearrangements:

1. Mediated by what 2 things
2. Where does it occur
3. Does antigen specificity change?

1. RSS and RAG1/2

2. BONE MARROW & THYMUS (tcell maturation)

3. YES!!
- Variable region VDJ changes


State the following for Isotope Switching:

1. Mediated by what 2 things?
2. Where does it occur ?
3. Does antigen specificity change?

1. AID & Switch Region

2. PERIPHERY --> germinal center

3. NO --> epitope remains the same
- only the constant region heavy chain changes (isotype determinant)


What are the sites of B cell proliferation and differentiation?

What occurs here? (4 important events)

- form during immune response in SECONDARY lymphoid organs (spleen, lymph nodes, etc)

1. Isotope Switch
2.. Somatic Hypermutation
3.Development of Memory B cells
4. Development of Plasma cells


What type of Bcells are killed by apoptosis once the B cells are activated?

What type of B cells are POSITIVELY SELECTED?

1. Anti- self
2. No- affinity/Low-affinity Antibody

HIGHER Affinity antibody
- therefore little antigen will be required to allow for successful binding to antibody

1. Memory B cell
2. Plasma B cell
via T cell help and B cell receptor cross-linking to sustain B cell proliferation and differentiation


As the Immune response changes from primary to secondary (and eventually tertiary), what increases? This occurs due to what mechanism?




What is found in the Germinal Centers in the following zones:

1. Dark Zone
2. Light Zone
3. Mantle Zone

1. Dark Zone
- B cells!

2. Light Zone
- Follicular Dendritic Cells

3. Mantle Zone
- T cells!


How do we get a B cell to select a high affinity antibody?

Where is the antigen for this high affinity reaction?

1. B cell must present antigen (take it up) and express it in context of MHC II so that T cell can see it and react

2. the antigen is on FOLLICULAR DENDRITIC CELLS!!!
- From the germinal centers


What is the function of follicular dendritic cells?

FOLLICULAR DENDRITIC CELLS with ANTIGEN ON THE SURFACE (does not take up antigen, therefore not APC)

1. B cell sees the FOLLICULAR dendritic cell with antigen
2. if sees antigen will take it up, process, and present in context of MHC II to T cells
3. T cells interact and initiate co-stimulatory signal and cytokines necessary for B cell activation
4. Activation of B cells stimulate the B cell to become a memory B cell or a plasma B cell***
everything else dies by apoptosis!!


What is Somatic Hypermutation?

What enzyme is required?

1. Changes in the antigen binding specificity as a result of somatic mutations in V genes which can generate additional diversity

2. AID
- AID deficient patients only have IgM !
- the Ig genes are not somatically diversified