Selection events operating at various stages in B cell development

A. G. Rolink, C. Schaniel, J. Andersson, F. Melchers

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B cells have to progress through various checkpoints during their process of development. The three transcription factors E2A, EBF (early B cell factor) and Pax5 play essential roles in B cell commitment checkpoints. The various forms of the BCR and their downstream signaling molecules, which are expressed at different stages of B cell development, act as critical checkpoint guards allowing (positive selection) or preventing (negative selection) developmental progression. The recent advances on the molecular mechanisms operating at these various checkpoints are here summarized and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-207
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes


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