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Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects germinal center (GC) B cells and establishes persistent infection in memory B cells. EBV-infected B cells can cause B-cell malignancies in humans with T- or natural killer-cell deficiency. We now find that EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 2A (LMP2A) mimics B-cell antigen receptor (BCR) signaling in murine GC B cells, causing altered humoral immune responses and autoimmune diseases. Investigation of the impact of LMP2A on B-cell differentiation in mice that conditionally express LMP2A in GC B cells or all B-lineage cells found LMP2A expression enhanced not only BCR signals but also plasma cell differentiation in vitro and in vivo. Conditional LMP2A expression in GC B cells resulted in preferential selection of low-affinity antibody-producing B cells despite apparently normal GC formation. GC B-cell-specific LMP2A expression led to systemic lupus erythematosus-like autoimmune phenotypes in an age-dependent manner. Epigenetic profiling of LMP2A B cells found increased H3K27ac and H3K4me1 signals at the zinc finger and bric-a-brac, tramtrack domain-containing protein 20 locus. We conclude that LMP2A reduces the stringency of GC B-cell selection and may contribute to persistent EBV infection and pathogenesis by providing GC B cells with excessive prosurvival effects.
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- DOI : 10.1073/pnas.1514484112
- ISSN : 0027-8424
- PubMed ID : 26305967
- Web of Science ID : WOS:000361393700056