CD19 regulates intrinsic B lymphocyte signal transduction and activation through a novel mechanism of processive amplification

Immunol Res. 2000;22(2-3):281-98. doi: 10.1385/IR:22:2-3:281.


The fate of B lymphocytes is dependent on intrinsic and B cell antigen receptor (BCR)-induced signals. These signals are interpreted and modified by response regulators such as CD19 that govern mature B cell activation. The current understanding of how CD19 governs B lymphocyte signaling is outlined in this review. Primarily, CD19 establishes a novel Src-family kinase amplification loop that regulates basal signal transduction thresholds in resting B cells. Moreover, CD19 amplifies Src-family kinase activation following BCR ligation. CD19 amplification of Lyn activity leads to processive phosphorylation of CD19 and downstream substrates including CD22. Phosphorylated CD19 recruits other effector molecules including Vav, Grb2, phosphoinositide 3-kinase, phospholipase Cgamma2, and c-Abl, which may contribute to CD19 regulation of B cell function. CD19/Lyn complex formation also regulates phosphorylation of CD22 and FcgammaRIIB, which inhibit B cell signal transduction through the recruitment of the SHPI and SHIP phosphatases. These observations provide insight into how CD19 governs the molecular ordering and intensity of signals transduced in B cells, and how perturbations in CD19 expression or signaling function may contribute to autoimmunity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / immunology
  • Antigens, CD / metabolism
  • Antigens, CD19 / immunology*
  • Antigens, Differentiation, B-Lymphocyte / immunology
  • Antigens, Differentiation, B-Lymphocyte / metabolism
  • B-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules*
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Humans
  • Lectins*
  • Oncogene Proteins / immunology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcr
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins*
  • Sialic Acid Binding Ig-like Lectin 2
  • Signal Transduction*
  • src-Family Kinases / immunology


  • Antigens, CD
  • Antigens, CD19
  • Antigens, Differentiation, B-Lymphocyte
  • CD22 protein, human
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Lectins
  • Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Sialic Acid Binding Ig-like Lectin 2
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • lyn protein-tyrosine kinase
  • src-Family Kinases
  • BCR protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcr