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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    A dynamic interaction between CD19 and the tetraspanin CD81 controls B cell co-receptor trafficking

    Katherine J Susa et al.
    The tetraspanin CD81 uses its ectodomain to export CD19, and the interaction of the two proteins is dynamically regulated by B cell activation state.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Polypyrimidine tract-binding proteins are essential for B cell development

    Elisa Monzón-Casanova et al.
    The RNA-binding protein polypyrimidine tract-binding protein 1 (PTBP1) is essential for B cell development at the pro-B cell stage where it suppresses S-phase entry and promotes progression through mitosis.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Substrate stiffness governs the initiation of B cell activation by the concerted signaling of PKCβ and focal adhesion kinase

    Samina Shaheen et al.
    The combination of molecular imaging, genetic and pharmacological approaches revealed that BCR signaling and PKCβ-dependent activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is required for B cell mechanosensing.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Regulation of B cell fate by chronic activity of the IgE B cell receptor

    Zhiyong Yang et al.
    The immunoglobulin E (IgE) B cell receptor promotes plasma cell differentiation in the absence of cognate antigen and limits the competitive fitness of IgE+ B cells in germinal centers.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    IFNγ induces epigenetic programming of human T-bethi B cells and promotes TLR7/8 and IL-21 induced differentiation

    Esther Zumaquero et al.
    IFNγ increases the responsiveness of human B cells to IL-2, TLR7/8 and IL-21 signals and therefore enhances antibody production in inflammatory settings associated with autoimmune or chronic disease.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Reprogramming the antigen specificity of B cells using genome-editing technologies

    James E Voss et al.
    Antibody paratopes can be added to the human repertoire by CRISPR-Cas9 editing of B lymphocytes using a strategy that allows for hypermutation and class switching of resulting B cell receptors.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Plasmodium-specific atypical memory B cells are short-lived activated B cells

    Damián Pérez-Mazliah et al.
    Plasmodium-specific atypical memory B cells generated to naturally (mosquito) transmitted rodent malaria infection are short-lived activated B cells, and do not prevent resolution of infection or generation of long-lived memory.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Conformational change within the extracellular domain of B cell receptor in B cell activation upon antigen binding

    Zhixun Shen et al.
    Conformational changes occur within extracellular domain of BCR upon antigen engagement, and these conformational changes are related with the strength of BCR activation and are distinct in IgM- and IgG-BCR.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Variant proteins stimulate more IgM+ GC B-cells revealing a mechanism of cross-reactive recognition by antibody memory

    Bronwen R Burton et al.
    Investigation of antibody responses to variant Dengue virus proteins demonstrate new mechanisms that could increase the potential for vaccines to protect against mutable pathogens such as Flu, Dengue and HIV.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    B cell receptor and Toll-like receptor signaling coordinate to control distinct B-1 responses to both self and the microbiota

    Lieselotte SM Kreuk et al.
    Microbial-sensing TLRs drive responses to the microbiota, while nucleic-acid sensing TLRs control responses to endogenous ligands, revealing novel regulation of B-1a responses through integrated BCR/TLR mediated activation.