Journal of Clinical Investigation
Agonistic αCD40 Ab’s have been shown to be potent immune adjuvants for both cell- and humoral-mediated immunity. While enhancing short-lived humoral immunity, the administration of a CD40 agonist during thymus-dependent immune responses ablates germinal center formation, prematurely terminates the humoral immune response, blocks the generation of B cell memory, and prevents the generation of long-lived bone marrow plasma cells. Interestingly, some of these effects of heightened CD40 engagement could be mimicked by enhancing the magnitude of antigen-specific T cell help. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that as the magnitude of CD40 signaling intensifies, the fate of antigen-reactive B cells can be dramatically altered. These are the first studies to describe the multifaceted function of CD40 in determining the fate of antigen-reactive B cells and provide novel insights into how CD40 agonists can short-circuit humoral immunity.
Erickson, Loren D.; Durell, Brigit G.; Vogel, Laura A.; Connor, Brian P.; Cascalho, Marilia; Yasui, Teruhito; Kikutani, Hitoshi; and Noelle, Randolph J., "Short-Circuiting Long-Lived Humoral Immunity by the Heightened Engagement of CD40" (2002). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 3558.