What if we could reconstruct the way B and T cells interact?

We know B and T cell interaction leads to CNS damage in MS, but we're just beginning to connect the dots of this complicated relationship.1

Exploring B and T cell crosstalk1-4

Lymphocytes have complex relationships and interactions with each other. The crosstalk between B and T cells seems to have a specific role in the pro-inflammatory cascade that is seen in MS.1-4

B cells stimulate T cells by:

  • Secretion of cytokines that bind and activate T cells
  • Ligand binding of T cell receptors

T cells stimulate B cells by:

  • Increasing B cell proliferation and survival
  • Increasing plasma cell differentiation
  • Increasing B cell adhesion to the blood-brain barrier

MS involves many different cells all working together and signaling each other in complex ways. To find the next big advancement in the treatment of MS, we want to understand these mechanisms.

Digging deeper into B and T cell
crosstalk in MS

Taking a closer look at
memory B and T cells

More recently, there is evidence that specific subsets of B and T cells—memory B cells and memory T cells—play a key role in MS.5

Cells of the B cell lineage, including primarily memory B cells, are found to persist in the inflamed MS CNS6
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Depletion of memory B cells reduces MRI lesions and relapses7
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Memory B cells can be produced in the tertiary lymphoid organs of the CNS8
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In MS patients, 84% of T cells reactive to a myelin protein were of the memory T cell subset9
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The numbers of certain circulating memory T cells were correlated positively with EDSS scores10
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Th1/Th17 central memory cells were found to be increased in patients with RMS with a high disease score after an MS attack5





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