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Significance of B10 cell in patients with thymoma complicated with myasthenia gravis

Yang Lu, Fanjie Meng, Yang Yang, Lan Li, Donghao Wang, Yuantao Cui, Shangwen Dong and Wanhua Wang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:73774-73786. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17908

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Abstract

Yang Lu1,*, Fanjie Meng2,*, Yang Yang3, Lan Li4, Donghao Wang1, Yuantao Cui2, Shangwen Dong2 and Wanhua Wang3

1Department of Intensive Care Unit, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, National Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin, Tianjin's Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Tianjin, 300060, China

2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, 300052, China

3Department of Anesthesia, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, National Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin, Tianjin's Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Tianjin, 300060, China

4Key Laboratory of Pharmacology of Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulae, Ministry of Education, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 300193, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work and share first authorship

Correspondence to:

Wanhua Wang, email: wanhua_wang1962@outlook.com

Shangwen Dong, email: dongshangwen@yahoo.com

Keywords: regulatory B cell, B10 cell, thymoma, myasthenia gravis, autoimmune abnormality

Received: April 03, 2017     Accepted: May 01, 2017     Published: May 17, 2017

ABSTRACT

A subset of regulatory B cells in humans has been identified as B10 cell which has the function of secreting interleukin-10. We evaluated the significance of B10 cell in patients with thymoma complicated with myasthenia gravis. In this study, 156 patients diagnosed with thymoma were enrolled, FCM was used to detected the percentage of Breg/CD19+B cells and CD19+B cells/PBMC, ELISA to evaluate the serum concentration of the relevant immunological markers; purified CD19+B cells in tissues by MACS; gene and protein expressions of CD19 and IL-10 by Real-time PCR and Western-Blot; double immunofluorescence staining to detect the distribution of CD19 and IL-10 in thymus tissues. Thymoma patients without MG mainly display the types A and AB of thymoma, whereas the thymoma patients with MG mainly display type B (B1, B2 and B3) thymoma; AChR-Ab in Tm + MG group was the highest, with the progress of the disease, the percentage of Breg/CD19+B cells increased and B10/CD19+B cells decreased (p < 0.05); ROC curve showed that B10 had the greatest significance for the clinical directivity of Tm+MG and cut-off point = 0.55%; in accordance with the Con, Tm and Tm+MG group, the content of CD19+IL-10+B10 cells increased gradually (p < 0.05); meanwhile, the gene and protein expression levels of CD19 and IL-10 gradually increased in the same way. It is concluded that with the progress of thymoma, the infiltration of Breg in tumour tissue increases; however, as the severity of MG increases, the function of Breg (B10 cell) in peripheral blood decreases and the cut-off point is 0.55%.


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