Plasma cell output from germinal centers is regulated by signals from Tfh and stromal cells

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Authors

  • Laura Tech
  • Laura A George
  • Andreas Acs
  • Russell E Durrett
  • Henry Hess
  • Lucy S K Walker
  • David M Tarlinton
  • Anja Erika Hauser

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum Berlin, a Leibniz Institute, Berlin, Germany.
  • Division of Genetics, Department of Biology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany.
  • Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Translational Innovation Platform, Immunology, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Division of Infection & Immunity, Institute of Immunity & Transplantation, University College London, London, England, UK.
  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

Germinal centers (GCs) are the sites where B cells undergo affinity maturation. The regulation of cellular output from the GC is not well understood. Here, we show that from the earliest stages of the GC response, plasmablasts emerge at the GC-T zone interface (GTI). We define two main factors that regulate this process: Tfh-derived IL-21, which supports production of plasmablasts from the GC, and TNFSF13 (APRIL), which is produced by a population of podoplanin+CD157highfibroblastic reticular cells located in the GTI that are also rich in message for IL-6 and chemokines CXCL12, CCL19, and CCL21. Plasmablasts in the GTI express the APRIL receptor TNFRSF13B (TACI), and blocking TACI interactions specifically reduces the numbers of plasmablasts appearing in the GTI. Plasma cells generated in the GTI may provide an early source of affinity-matured antibodies that may neutralize pathogens or provide feedback regulating GC B cell selection.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1243
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Experimental Medicine
Volume215
Issue number4
Early online date16 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Journal Article