Enhanced expression of L-selectin on peripheral blood lymphocytes from patients with IgA nephropathy

Clin Exp Immunol. 1999 Mar;115(3):542-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2249.1999.00823.x.


To investigate the homing characteristics of T and B lymphocytes which could explain the abnormal partition of IgA-producing cells in tonsils and bone marrow from patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN), the expression of leucocyte adhesion molecules (CD11a, CD29, CD49d, CD62L, CD31) was assessed using flow cytometry on peripheral blood leucocytes from patients with biopsy-proven IgAN and controls. Higher proportions of T and B lymphocytes expressing higher amounts of L-selectin, as well as higher proportions of B cells expressing more CD31 were evidenced in IgAN patients. Conversely, serum levels of sCD62L were not different from controls, but significantly higher than serum levels in patients suffering from other renal diseases. We hypothesize that this over-expression of CD62L and CD31 may be involved in an enhanced efficiency of lymphoid cells homing to lymphoid tissues in this disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antigens, CD / blood
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA / blood
  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA / immunology*
  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Integrin alpha4
  • Integrin beta1 / blood
  • Kidney / physiopathology
  • L-Selectin / blood*
  • Lymphocyte Function-Associated Antigen-1 / blood
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Platelet Endothelial Cell Adhesion Molecule-1 / blood
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology


  • Antigens, CD
  • Integrin beta1
  • Lymphocyte Function-Associated Antigen-1
  • Platelet Endothelial Cell Adhesion Molecule-1
  • L-Selectin
  • Integrin alpha4