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IKK is essential for the development and maintenance of Marginal zone and Follicular B cells

Organism Icon Mus musculus
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Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix Mouse Genome 430 2.0 Array (mouse4302)

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IKK kinase is essential for the B cell maturation and secondary lymphoid organ development. In the current study, we evaluated the role of IKK in the marginal zone and follicular B lymphocyte development by genetically deleting IKK from the B cell lineage using CD19-Cre mice. The loss of IKK did not affect the normal development of early B cell progenitors. However, a significant decline was observed in the percentage of immature B lymphocytes, mature marginal zone and follicular B cells along with a severe disruption of splenic marginal and follicular B cell zones. A gene expression analysis performed on the RNA extracted from the newly formed B cells (B220+IgMhi) revealed that IKK deficiency produces significant changes in the expression of genes involved in MZ and FO B lymphocyte survival, homing and migration. And several among those genes identified belong to G protein family. Specifically, we validated the upregulated expression of regulator of G protein signaling 13 (RGS13), which is a GTPase activating protein (GAP) that negatively regulates G protein signaling and impede B cell migration. Likewise, promigratory B lymphocyte receptor, the sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 3 (SIPR3) that couple to Gi showed significantly reduced expression. In addition, an in silico analysis of gene product interactions revealed NF-B signaling pathways to be a major gene regulating networks perturbed with IKK deletion. Taken together, this study reveals IKKNF-B and G protein signaling axis to be central for the MZ and FO B cells survival, maintenance, homing and migration.
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