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Transepithelial transport and mucosal defence II: secretion of IgA
Trends in Cell Biology
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In this second article on mucosal defence and transepithelial transport, Jean-Pierre Kraehenbuhl and Marian Neutra discuss the part played by a special class of antibody, polymeric IgA, in the protection of mucosal surfaces lining the digestive, respiratory and genital tracts, and the implications for mucosal vaccines. Polymeric IgA crosslinks luminal antigens or pathogens, thus preventing their interaction with epithelial cells. Following stimulation by antigen in the organized mucosal lymphoid tissue, effector B lymphocytes enter the circulation and migrate to distant mucosal or glandular sites, where they differentiate into polymeric-IgA-producing plasma cells. These antibodies reach the environment by transport across the epithelial cells of mucosal and glandular tissues.
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