By Frank J. Dixon

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1993a). , 1995). , 1994). Interestingly, such CD40-L-negative T cell clones were found able to induce memory B cells to proliferate and to secrete IgG and IgA, further confirming the critical role of CD40 in isotype switching rather than B cell differentiation (F. , 1995). , 1994). Somatic hypermutation, a process that allows the introduction of point mutations in the Ig variable genes, and which takes place within the dark zone of germinal centers (Berek and Ziegner, 1993), represents the basic mechanism for affinity maturation of antibodies.

The pathophysiological role of these soluble ligands remains to be established. IV. Signal Transduction through CD40 A. GENERAL CONCEPTS FOR TNF-R SUPERFAMILY MEMBERS The TNF-R superfamily is defined by structural homologies in the extracellular, ligand-binding domains of these receptors. In the same way, the TNF superfamily is also defined by structural homologies. , 1993). Inasmuch as the TNF-R superfamily members are characterized by overlapping biological activities in lymphocyte activation, survival, and death, these may use common pathways of signal transduction.

CD40 AND ITS LIGAND 31 strates the importance of CRAFl association for CD40-mediated signals. The conservation of this Thr residue in other TNFR family members (CD27, 4-1BB, Fas) might have important implications for their signal transducing pathways. , 1995) makes it tempting to speculate that it associates with receptors other than CD40. , 1995) cloned the same protein by screening for proteins interacting with the EBV-transforming gene product LMPl (latent infection membrane protein-1). Physiologically, TRAF- or CRAFmediated signals will be launched by the crosslinking of surface receptors, inducing homo- or heterodimerization of TRAF or CRAF.

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