Expression Profile of FcRiib on Leukocytes and Its Dysregulation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Su, K.; Yang, H.; Li, X.; Li, X.; Gibson, A.W.; Cafardi, J.M.; Zhou, T.; Edberg, J.C.; Kimberly, R.P.

The Journal of Immunology 178(5): 3272-3280

2007


DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.178.5.3272
Accession: 068490569

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Abstract
FcgammaRIIb (CD32B, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man 604590), an IgG FcR with a tyrosine-based inhibitory motif, plays a critical role in the balance of tolerance and autoimmunity in murine models. However, the high degree of homology between FcgammaRIIb and FcgammaRIIa in humans and the lack of specific Abs to differentiate them have hampered study of the normal expression profile of FcgammaRIIb and its potential dysregulation in autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Using our newly developed anti-FcgammaRIIb mAb 4F5 which does not react with FcgammaRIIa, we found that FcgammaRIIb is expressed on the cell surface of circulating B lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, myeloid dendritic cells (DCs), and at very low levels on plasmacytoid DCs from some donors. Normal donors with the less frequent 2B.4 promoter haplotype have higher FcgammaRIIb expression on monocytes, neutrophils, and myeloid DCs similar to that reported for B lymphocytes, indicating that FcgammaRIIb expression on both myeloid and lymphoid cells is regulated by the naturally occurring regulatory single nucleotide polymorphisms in the FCGR2B promoter. FcgammaRIIb expression in normal controls is up-regulated on memory B lymphocytes compared with naive B lymphocytes. In contrast, in active SLE, FcgammaRIIb is significantly down-regulated on both memory and plasma B lymphocytes compared with naive and memory/plasma B lymphocytes from normals. Similar down-regulation of FcgammaRIIb on myeloid-lineage cells in SLE was not seen. Our studies demonstrate the constitutive regulation of FcgammaRIIb by natural gene polymorphisms and the acquired dysregulation in SLE autoimmunity, which may identify opportunities for using this receptor as a therapeutic target.