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Title: Regulation of pathogen-specific and self-reactive antibodies after Salmonella infection
Author: King, Lloyd
ISNI:       0000 0004 7426 2185
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2018
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Systemic Salmonella Typhimurium infection induces an atypical antibody response in which the extrafollicular and germinal centre reactions develop at discordant rates. Dysregulated or atypical antibody responses represent a potential source of autoantibodies. In this thesis, we show that systemic infection induces pathogen-specific and self-reactive IgM and lgG antibodies early after infection, but with differing kinetics, suggesting that they are distinct responses. To characterize these two responses the antibody response was assessed in a range of genetically altered mice. We identified a role for TLR4 in this process, but this is dependent upon the genetic background of the murine host. There is strong reactivity of self-reactive antibodies from wild-type mice with stomach, muscle and liver. These antibodies can persist long after infection is cleared from the liver and spleen. Our investigation into the induction of these antibodies suggest that IL-6 from stromal cells may play a role in this response, but ICOSL, TNF, IFN-γ and Th1 responses are dispensable. Critically, CD80/CD86 are essential for the induction of the anti-self, but not the pathogen-specific response. This data suggests that pathogenspecific and self-reactive antibody responses are independently regulated and thus it may be possible to modulate anti-self-responses without compromising anti-pathogen immunity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) ; Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QR180 Immunology