CD28 promotes plasma cell survival, sustained antibody responses, and BLIMP-1 upregulation through its distal PYAP proline motif

Cheryl H. Rozanski, Adam Utley, Louise M. Carlson, Matthew R. Farren, Megan Murray, Lisa M. Russell, Jayakumar R. Nair, Zheng Yu Yang, William Brady, Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha, Stephen P. Schoenberger, Jonathan M. Green, Lawrence H. Boise, Kelvin P. Lee

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Abstract

In health, long-lived plasma cells (LLPC) are essential for durable protective humoral immunity, and, conversely, in disease are a major source of pathogenic Abs in autoimmunity, graft rejection, and allergy. However, the molecular basis for their longevity is largely unknown. We have recently found that CD28 signaling in plasma cells (PC) is essential for sustaining Ab titers, by supporting the survival of LLPC, but not short-lived PC (SLPC). We now find that, unlike SLPC, CD28 activation in LLPC induces prosurvival downstream Vav signaling. Knockin mice with CD28 cytoplasmic tail mutations that abrogate Vav signaling (CD28-AYAA) had significantly fewer LLPC but unaffected SLPC numbers, whereas mice with mutations that abrogate PI3K signaling (CD28-Y170F) were indistinguishable from wild-type controls. This was consistent with the loss of CD28's prosurvival effect in LLPC from CD28-AYAA, but not CD28-Y170F, mice. Furthermore, the CD28 Vav motif in the B lineage was essential for the long-term maintenance of Ag-specific LLPC populations and Ab titers in vivo. Signaling downstream of the CD28 Vav motif induced previously undescribed transcriptional regulation of B lymphocyte-induced maturation protein-1, a key mediator of PC differentiation and maintenance. These findings suggest CD28 signaling in LLPC modulates the central B lymphocyte-induced maturation protein-1 transcriptional nexus involved in long-term survival and function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4717-4728
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume194
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2015

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    Rozanski, C. H., Utley, A., Carlson, L. M., Farren, M. R., Murray, M., Russell, L. M., Nair, J. R., Yang, Z. Y., Brady, W., Garrett-Sinha, L. A., Schoenberger, S. P., Green, J. M., Boise, L. H., & Lee, K. P. (2015). CD28 promotes plasma cell survival, sustained antibody responses, and BLIMP-1 upregulation through its distal PYAP proline motif. Journal of Immunology, 194(10), 4717-4728. https://doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.1402260