The cytoplasmic domain of Ig alpha is necessary and sufficient to support efficient early B cell development.
ABSTRACT The B cell receptor complex (BcR) is essential for normal B lymphocyte function, and surface BcR expression is a crucial checkpoint in B cell development. However, functional requirements for chains of the BcR during development remain controversial. We have used retroviral gene transfer to introduce components of the BcR into chicken B cell precursors during embryonic development. A chimeric heterodimer, in which the cytoplasmic domains of chicken Igalpha and Igbeta are expressed by fusion with the extracellular and transmembrane domains of murine CD8alpha and CD8beta, respectively, targeted the cytoplasmic domains of the BcR to the cell surface in the absence of extracellular BcR domains. Expression of this chimeric heterodimer supported all early stages of embryo B cell development: bursal colonization, clonal expansion, and induction of repertoire diversification by gene conversion. Expression of the cytoplasmic domain of Igalpha, in the absence of the cytoplasmic domain of Igbeta, was not only necessary, but sufficient to support B cell development as efficiently as the endogenous BcR. In contrast, expression of the cytoplasmic domain of Igbeta in the absence of the cytoplasmic domain of Igalpha failed to support B cell development. The ability of the cytoplasmic domain of Igalpha to support early B cell development required a functional Igalpha immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif. These results support a model in which expression of surface IgM following productive V(D)J recombination in developing B cell precursors serves to chaperone the cytoplasmic domain of Igalpha to the B cell surface, thereby initiating subsequent stages of development.
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ABSTRACT: Low levels of B-cell-receptor (BCR) expression are the hallmark of tumoral B lymphocytes in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL). These cells also respond inadequately to stimulation through the BCR. This receptor consists of a surface immunoglobulin associated with a CD79a/CD79b heterodimer. We previously showed that the intracellular synthesis of BCR components, from transcription onward, is normal. Here, we investigated the glycosylation status and cellular localization of mu, CD79a, and CD79b chains in 10 CLL patients differing in surface immunoglobulin M (IgM) expression. We reported a severe impairment of the glycosylation and folding of mu and CD79a. These defects were associated with the retention of both chains in the endoplasmic reticulum and lower levels of surface IgM expression. In contrast, no clear impairment of glycosylation and folding was observed for CD79b. No sequence defects were identified for BCR components and for the chaperone proteins involved in BCR folding processes. These data show, for the first time, that lower levels of BCR surface expression observed in CLL are accounted for by an impaired glycosylation and folding of the mu and CD79a chains.Blood 05/2005; 105(7):2933-40. DOI:10.1182/blood-2004-09-3643 · 10.43 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Signals from the pre-B cell receptor (pre-BCR) mediated by the cytoplasmic tails of Ig-alpha/Ig-beta are essential for developing B cells. To analyze the role of Ig-alpha ITAM and non-ITAM tyrosines in pre-BCR signaling, we reconstituted individual tyrosine mutants of Ig-alpha in src homology 2 domain-containing leukocyte protein of 65 kDa (SLP-65)/Ig-alpha double-deficient pre-B cells. We show that the Ig-alpha mutants led to comparable pre-BCR expression on the cell surface, while the pre-BCR-induced tyrosine phosphorylation was different. We further show that the reconstitution of Ig-alpha and the resulting pre-BCR expression led to enrichment of the pre-BCR-expressing cells in vitro irrespective of the introduced Ig-alpha mutation. We show that, even though the enrichment rate increased by lowering the IL-7 concentration, residual amounts of IL-7 were required for optimal enrichment. Our results indicate that surface IL-7 receptor expression is modulated by the pre-BCR, thereby increasing the IL-7 sensitivity of the respective cells. In contrast to the comparable pre-B cell proliferation, however, the Ig-alpha mutants differed in their capacity to induce calcium flux and activate efficient pre-B cell differentiation. Together, our data suggest that ITAM tyrosines and Y204 are required for efficient pre-B cell differentiation but not proliferation.European Journal of Immunology 01/2007; 37(1):252-60. DOI:10.1002/eji.200636667 · 4.52 Impact Factor