Reduced Ig Class Switch in Aged Mice Correlates with Decreased E47 and Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase

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The capacity to class switch the IgH chain is critical to the effectiveness of humoral immune responses. We show that in vitro-stimulated splenic B cells from senescent mice are deficient in production of multiple class switch isotypes (IgG1, G2a, G3, and E), class switch recombination (CSR), and induction of the E2A-encoded transcription factor E47. E47 has previously been shown to be required for CSR, at least in part via expression of the activation-induced cytidine deaminase. Our studies show that impaired induction of E47, and subsequently activation-induced cytidine deaminase, contribute to poor CSR and production of secondary isotypes in senescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2155-2162
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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