No receptor stands alone: IgG B-cell receptor intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms contribute to antibody memory

Cell Res. 2014 Jun;24(6):651-64. doi: 10.1038/cr.2014.65. Epub 2014 May 20.


Acquired immunological memory is a striking phenomenon. A lethal epidemic sweeps through a naïve population, many die but those who survive are never "attacked twice - never at least fatally", as the historian Thucydides observed in 430 BCE. Antibody memory is critical for protection against many human infectious diseases and is the basis for nearly all current human vaccines. Antibody memory is encoded, in part, in isotype-switched immunoglobulin (Ig)G-expressing memory B cells that are generated in the primary response to antigen and give rise to rapid, high-affinity and high-titered antibody responses upon challenge with the same antigen. How IgG-B-cell receptors (BCRs) and antigen-induced IgG-BCR signaling contribute to memory antibody responses are not fully understood. In this review, we summarize exciting new advances that are revealing the cellular and molecular mechanisms at play in antibody memory and discuss how studies using different experimental approaches will help elucidate the complex phenomenon of B-cell memory.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies / immunology*
  • Antibodies / metabolism
  • B-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • B-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein / genetics
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / metabolism
  • Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell / chemistry
  • Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Antibodies
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell