IL-15 regulates immature B-cell homing in an Ly49D-, IL-12-, and IL-18-dependent manner

Gili Hart, Tamar Avin-Wittenberg, Idit Shachar*

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To complete their maturation and participate in the humoral immune response, immature B cells that leave the bone marrow are targeted to specific areas in the spleen, where they differentiate into mature cells. Previously, we showed that immature B cells actively down-regulate their integrin-mediated migration to lymph nodes or to sites of inflammation, enabling their targeting to the spleen for final maturation. This inhibition is mediated by IFN-γ, which is transcribed and secreted at low levels by these immature B cells; IFN-γ expression is extinguished following B-cell maturation. Stimulation of the MHC class I receptor, Ly49D, triggers a signaling cascade that increases transcription of both IL-12 (p40) and IL-18; these, in turn, induce the secretion of IFN-γ. In the present study, we demonstrate that Ly49D-dependent secretion of IL-12 and IL-18 induces IL-15 expression by immature B cells, and that these 3 factors together regulate IFN-γ production that inhibits their ability to home to the lymph nodes or to sites of inflammation. Thus, IL-15 controls immature B-cell homing, resulting in shaping the B-cell repertoire to enable an efficient immune response.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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