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Cutting edge: back to "one-way" germinal centers

Meyer-Hermann, M. E. and Maini, P. K. (2005) Cutting edge: back to "one-way" germinal centers. The Journal of Immunology, 174 (5). pp. 2489-2493.



The present status of germinal center (GC) research is revisited using in silico simulations based on recent lymphocyte motility data in mice. The generally adopted view of several rounds of somatic hypermutations and positive selection is analyzed with special emphasis on the spatial organization of the GC reaction. We claim that the development of dark zones is not necessary for successful GC reactions to develop. We find that a recirculation of positively selected centrocytes to the dark zone is rather unlikely. Instead we propose a scenario that combines a multiple-step mutation and selection concept with a "one-way" GC in the sense of cell migration.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:A - C > Biology and other natural sciences
Research Groups:Centre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code:350
Deposited By: Philip Maini
Deposited On:10 Nov 2006
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:20

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