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Human Fcγ-receptor IIb modulates pathogen-specific versus self-reactive antibody responses in Lyme arthritis

  1. Heike Danzer
  2. Joachim Glaesner
  3. Anne Baerenwaldt
  4. Carmen Reitinger
  5. Anja Lux
  6. Lukas Heger
  7. Diane Dudziak
  8. Thomas Harrer
  9. André Gessner
  10. Falk Nimmerjahn  Is a corresponding author
  1. Division of Genetics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  2. University Hospital Regensburg, Germany
  3. University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  4. University Hospital Erlangen, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e55319 doi: 10.7554/eLife.55319

Abstract

Pathogen specific antibody responses need to be tightly regulated to generate protective but limit self-reactive immune responses. While loss of humoral tolerance has been associated with microbial infections, the pathways involved in balancing protective versus autoreactive antibody responses in humans are incompletely understood. Studies in classical mouse model systems have provided evidence that balancing of immune responses through inhibitory receptors is an important quality control checkpoint. Genetic differences between inbred mouse models and the outbred human population and allelic receptor variants not present in mice, however, argue for caution when directly translating these findings to the human system. By studying Borrelia burgdorferi infection in humanized mice reconstituted with human hematopoietic stem cells from donors homozygous for a functional or non-functional FcgRIIb allele, we show that the human inhibitory FcgRIIb is a critical checkpoint balancing protective and autoreactive immune responses, linking infection with induction of autoimmunity in the human immune system.

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  1. Heike Danzer

    Biology, Division of Genetics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
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  2. Joachim Glaesner

    Institute of Clinical Microbiology and Hygiene, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
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  3. Anne Baerenwaldt

    Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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  4. Carmen Reitinger

    Biology, Division of Genetics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
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  5. Anja Lux

    Biology, Division of Genetics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
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  6. Lukas Heger

    Dermatology, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
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  7. Diane Dudziak

    Dermatology, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
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  8. Thomas Harrer

    Medicine III, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
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  9. André Gessner

    Institute of Clinical Microbiology and Hygiene, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
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  10. Falk Nimmerjahn

    Departemtn of Biology, Division of Genetics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
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    falk.nimmerjahn@fau.de
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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (TRR130-P13)

  • Falk Nimmerjahn

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (FOR 2886)

  • Falk Nimmerjahn

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: All animal experiments were performed in strict accordance to the rules and regulations of the German animal welfare law. All animal experiments were approved by the government of lower Franconia (Permit Numbers: 2532-2-469 and 2532.2-817-11).

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  1. Tomohiro Kurosaki, Osaka University, Japan

Publication history

  1. Received: January 20, 2020
  2. Accepted: July 2, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 2, 2020 (version 1)

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© 2020, Danzer et al.

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