Identification of a human endothelial cell activation antigen that is co-expressed by germinal follicle centre B lymphocytes

Shing Shun Tony To, T. Magoulas, E. Nicholson, L. Schrieber

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Endothelial cell activation antigens may play important roles in immune responses and in inflammation. This report describes the identification and characterization of a monoclonal antibody, named EAA-B, which reacts specifically with human umbilical vein endothelial (HUVE) cells pre-treated with tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) but not with untreated cells. The expression of the EAA-B antigen on HUVE cells could also be induced by interleukin-1 (IL-1), bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and phorbol esters but not by interferon-γ (IFN-γ). By contrast, EAA-B antigen expression on neonatal foreskin and rheumatoid synovial fibroblasts, whether pre-treated with TNF-α or not, was not detectable. Peripheral blood leucocytes and the leukaemic cell lines U937, HL-60, Raji and Molt 4 showed no detectable expression of the EAA-B antigen. Kinetic studies demonstrated that the EAA-B antigen was rapidly expressed, peaked at 6 hr and declined to basal level by 24 hr. Western blotting revealed that monoclonal antibody EAA-B recognized a polypeptide of approximately 80,000-90,000 MW. EAA-B partially blocked the augmented adhesion of HL-60 cells to TNF-treated HUVE cells. However, it failed to inhibit the enhanced binding of peripheral blood leucocytes, U937, Raji and Molt 4 Cells to TNF-treated HUVE cells. In situ, the EAA-B antigen was detected on some vascular endothelium in tonsils, lymph nodes, psoriatic skin and rheumatoid synovium but not in normal non-lymphoid tissues. Interestingly EAA-B antigen is also expressed by B lymphocytes in germinal follicle centres (GFC) of lymphoid tissues. The co-expression of this endothelial activation antigen by GFC B lymphocytes may have significant implications for immune responses and in B-lymphocyte differentiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-624
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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