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Contributions of memory B cells to secondary immune response

, : Contributions of memory B cells to secondary immune response. Bulletin Of Mathematical Biology. 57(5): 713-731

The secondary immune response is one of the most important features of immune systems. During the secondary immune response, the immune system can eliminate the antigen, which has been encountered by the individual during the primary invasion, more rapidly and efficiently. Both T and B memory cells contribute to the secondary response. In this paper, we only concentrate on the functions of memory B cells. We explore a model describing the memory contributed by the specific long-lived clone which is maintained by continued stimulation with a small amount of antigens sequestered on the surfaces of the follicular dendritic cells (FDC). The behavior of the secondary response provided by the model can be compared with experimental observations. The model shows that memory B cells indeed play an important role in the secondary response. It is found that a single memory cell in a long-lived clone may not be long-lived. In the present note, the influences of relevant parameters on the secondary response are also explored.


PMID: 7606222

DOI: 10.1016/0092-8240(95)00018-l

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