The role of B cells and autoantibodies in rheumatoid arthritis

Academic Article


  • In this article, we will review B lymphocyte development and function, then discuss the role of B cells in RA, including immune complex formation; the K/BxN mouse model of RA; toll-like receptors; B cells as antigen presenting cells; germinal center-like structures in RA synovium; and influence on T cell activation, leukocyte infiltration, and angiogenesis. With regard to autoantibody production, we will focus on rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-CCP antibodies, particularly mechanisms of their production; sensitivity and specificity in RA; and their roles as prognostic factors. Other autoantibodies will be discussed, as will treatment implications and future areas of investigation related to B cells and autoantibodies in RA. © 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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  • Pathophysiology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Chaiamnuay S; Bridges SL
  • Start Page

  • 203
  • End Page

  • 216
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 3