Generation of B220low B cells and production of autoantibodies in mice with experimental amyloidosis: association of primordial T cells with this phenomenon

Clin Exp Immunol. 2004 Feb;135(2):200-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2003.02361.x.


To investigate the immunological state in amyloidosis, mice were twice intraperitoneally injected (2-week interval) with casein emulsified in complete Freund's adjuvant. Two weeks after the treatment, amyloid deposits were detected in the spleen and other organs of these mice. The number of lymphocytes yielded by the liver and spleen increased significantly. The most affected lymphocyte subset was found to be B cells, namely, the total number of B cells increased and unusual B220low B cells were newly generated in the liver and spleen. In other words, not only normal B220high B cells but also unusual B220low B cells were detected in these organs of mice with amyloidosis. In parallel with this phenomenon, autoantibodies against denatured DNA were detected in sera. Since such autoantibodies are known to accompany the functional activation of NKT cells, NKT cell-deficient mice were used for the induction of amyloidosis. Such mice showed less formation of amyloidosis and lower levels of autoantibodies in sera. Athymic nude mice were NKT cell-deficient but NK1.1- TCRint cells were present. These athymic mice showed an intermediate induction of amyloidosis. The cytokine profile seen in mice with amyloidosis was the Th0 type, showing simultaneous production of IL-4 and IFNgamma. These results suggest that the generation of B220low B cells and the production of autoantibodies in aid of primordial T cells may be major immunological mechanisms in amyloidosis mice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amyloidosis / blood
  • Amyloidosis / immunology*
  • Animals
  • Autoantibodies / biosynthesis*
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • Bone Marrow / immunology
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique / methods
  • Immunoglobulin D / blood
  • Immunoglobulin M / blood
  • Interferon-gamma / blood
  • Interleukin-10 / blood
  • Interleukin-4 / blood
  • Killer Cells, Natural / immunology*
  • Liver / immunology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Nude
  • Spleen / immunology
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / immunology


  • Autoantibodies
  • Immunoglobulin D
  • Immunoglobulin M
  • Interleukin-10
  • Interleukin-4
  • Interferon-gamma