Anergy in self-directed B lymphocytes: A statistical mechanics perspective
2013 (English)In: Journal of Theoretical Biology, ISSN 0022-5193, E-ISSN 1095-8541, Vol. 375, 21-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Self-directed lymphocytes may evade clonal deletion at ontogenesis but still remain harmless due to a mechanism called clonal anergy. For B-lymphocytes, two major explanations for anergy developed over the last decades: according to Varela theory, anergy stems from a proper orchestration of the whole B-repertoire, such that self-reactive clones, due to intensive feed-back from other clones, display strong inertia when mounting a response. Conversely, according to the model of cognate response, self-reacting cells are not stimulated by helper lymphocytes and the absence of such signaling yields anergy. Through statistical mechanics we show that helpers do not prompt activation of a sub-group of B-cells: remarkably, the latter are just those broadly interacting in the idiotypic network. Hence Varela theory can finally be reabsorbed into the prevailing framework of the cognate response model. Further, we show how the B-repertoire architecture may emerge, where highly connected clones are self-directed as a natural consequence of ontogenetic learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 375, 21-31 p.
Immune networks, Lymphocyte homeostasis, Self-nonself-discrimination
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165820DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.05.006ISI: 000354830700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-165820DiVA: diva2:808851
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 290038
QC 201504302015-04-292015-04-292015-06-16Bibliographically approved