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B cell development past the pro-B cell stage in mice requires the Cul4-Roc1-DDB1 E3 ubiquitin ligase substrate recognition subunit VprBP. Enforced Bcl2 expression overcomes defects in distal VH-DJH and secondary Vκ-Jκ rearrangement associated with VprBP insufficiency in B cells and substantially rescues maturation of marginal zone and Igλ(+) B cells, but not Igκ(+) B cells. In this background, expression of a site-directed Igκ L chain transgene increases Igκ(+) B cell frequency, suggesting VprBP does not regulate L chain expression from a productively rearranged Igk allele. In site-directed anti-dsDNA H chain transgenic mice, loss of VprBP function in B cells impairs selection of Igκ editor L chains typically arising through secondary Igk rearrangement, but not selection of Igλ editor L chains. Both H and L chain site-directed transgenic mice show increased B cell anergy when VprBP is inactivated in B cells. Taken together, these data argue that VprBP is required for the efficient receptor editing and selection of Igκ(+) B cells, but is largely dispensable for Igλ(+) B cell development and selection, and that VprBP is necessary to rescue autoreactive B cells from anergy induction. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.


Victoria L Palmer, Razia Aziz-Seible, Michele D Kassmeier, Mary Rothermund, Greg A Perry, Patrick C Swanson. VprBP Is Required for Efficient Editing and Selection of Igκ+ B Cells, but Is Dispensable for Igλ+ and Marginal Zone B Cell Maturation and Selection. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 2015 Aug 15;195(4):1524-37

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