B cell expression of the inhibitory Fc gamma receptor is unchanged in early MS

Manuel Comabella, Xavier Montalban, Kristina Kakalacheva, Deeqa Osman, Falk Nimmerjahn, Mar Tintore, Jan D. Luenemann

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Expression of the inhibitory Fc gamma receptor IIB (Fc gamma RIIB) has emerged as a late checkpoint during peripheral B cell development which prevents autoreactive memory B lymphocytes from becoming long-lived plasma cells. Decreased expression of Fc gamma RIIB or non-functional Fc gamma RIIB variants are associated with the development of autoimmune tissue inflammation. We determined the expression profile of Fc gamma RIIB in peripheral blood cells in treatment-naive patients with early MS. Twenty-five patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) who converted to clinically definite MS (CDMS) and 25 demographically matched healthy donors were included in the study. Frequencies of peripheral blood monocytes and B cell subsets as well as Fc gamma RIIB expression profile was determined by flow cytometry. Fc gamma RIIB expression levels were higher in B cells compared to monocytes (p<0.0001) and higher in memory B cells compared to their naive counterparts (p<0.0001). However, Fc gamma RIIB expression in naive and memory B cells as well as monocytes was unchanged in patients with early MS at onset of symptoms as well as after conversion to CDMS compared to controls. No significant correlations were found between Fc gamma RIIB expression levels and brain MRI-derived metrics or EDSS progression during follow-up. These data indicate that Fc gamma RIIB expression, a critical late B cell differentiation checkpoint preventing the occurrence of autoreactive long-lived plasma cells, is not impaired in treatment-naive patients with MS, at least in the early phases of the disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Autoimmunity
  • B cell
  • Clinically isolated syndrome
  • Fc receptor
  • Multiple sclerosis


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