Three classes of signalling molecules on B‐cell membranes

Ronald B. Corley*, N. J. LoCascio, Mariana Ovnic, Larry W. Arnold, P. S. Pillai, David W. Scott, Geoffrey Haughton

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The question of whether surface immunoglobulin and Ia molecules have a signalling function in helper T cell‐dependent activation of B cells has been evaluated. Two sources of B cells have been used, one a purified population of haptenbinding B cells, the other a B‐cell lymphoma, CH12, with known antigen specificity. Evidence is presented that both immunoglobulin and Ia molecules are receptors actively involved in the initial activation of resting B cells. Nevertheless, the requirements for ligand binding to either receptor can be bypassed under appropriate conditions, and the implications of this result for the function of these molecules is discussed. With respect to B‐cell Ia, the authors present data that demonstrate two distinct functions of this molecule, one as a restricting element for T‐cell activation, the second as a signalling receptor for B‐cell excitation. On the CH12 surface, the I‐A molecule fulfills the former function, but T‐cell interactions with I‐A fail to result in B‐cell stimulation, suggesting that B‐cell la may limit helper T cell‐B cell interactions. We suggest that the binding of antigen surface immunoglobulin and binding of helper T‐cell receptors to the appropriate Ia molecule(s) results in the activation of genes that encode for a third class of membrane B‐cell receptors, those that bind B‐cell stimulating factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Ia molecules
  • helper T cell‐B cell interactions
  • membrane receptors
  • signal transducers
  • surface immunoglobulin


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