Cutting edge: Helminth infection induces IgE in the absence of μ- or δ-chain expression

Georgia Perona-Wright, Katja Mohrs, Justin Taylor, Colby Zaph, David Artis, Edward J. Pearce, Markus Mohrs

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Infections with helminth parasites are associated with an IgE isotype switch and high serum IgE concentrations. IgE is rapidly bound by the high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI), thereby sensitizing FcεRI-bearing basophils and mast cells for IgE-inducible effector functions such as IL-4 production. The development of Absecreting B cells is dependent on IgM and consequently, μMT mice, which lack surface IgM, are considered devoid of Abs. In this study we report the unexpected finding that C57BL/6 μMT mice generate robust IgE responses upon infection with three distinct helminth parasites, Heligmosomoides polygyrus, Trichuris muris, and Schistosoma mansoni. IgE is produced despite an apparent block in B cell development and licenses basophils for IgE-induced IL-4 production. Our findings reveal the existence of an evolutionarily conserved, IgM-independent pathway for the production of IgE upon infection with helminth parasites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6697-6701
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

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