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    Activation-Induced B Cell Fates Are Selected by Intracellular Stochastic Competition


    Duffy, Ken R. and Wellard, Cameron J. and Markham, John F. and Zhou, Jie H.S. and Holmberg, Ross and Hawkins, Edwin D. and Hasbold, Jhagvaral and Dowling, Mark R. and Hodgkin, Philip D. (2012) Activation-Induced B Cell Fates Are Selected by Intracellular Stochastic Competition. Science, 335 (6066). pp. 338-341. ISSN 0036-8075

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    Abstract

    In response to stimulation, B lymphocytes pursue a large number of distinct fates important for immune regulation. Whether each cell’s fate is determined by external direction, internal stochastic processes, or directed asymmetric division is unknown. Measurement of times to isotype switch, to develop into a plasmablast, and to divide or to die for thousands of cells indicated that each fate is pursued autonomously and stochastically. As a consequence of competition between these processes, censorship of alternative outcomes predicts intricate correlations that are observed in the data. Stochastic competition can explain how the allocation of a proportion of B cells to each cell fate is achieved. The B cell may exemplify how other complex cell differentiation systems are controlled.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Activation-Induced B Cell Fates; Intracellular Stochastic Competition; immune regulation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 10169
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1213230
    Depositing User: Dr Ken Duffy
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 15:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Science
    Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Refereed: Yes
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