Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 1828029
Eur. J. Immunol. 1991 May;21(5):1155-61
The homeostatic mechanisms controlling B lymphocyte output from bone marrow are not well understood. The present experiments evaluated putative influences of circulating immunoglobulins (Ig) on bone marrow (BM) pre-B and B cell populations. Injections into normal mice of Ig isolated from normal mouse serum, resulted in a dose-dependent and reversible reduction in numbers of BM B lineage cells, in particular of small B220+ surface IgM- cells. Maximal effects were observed upon injection of isologous polyclonal Ig and were independent of mature T cells. These results suggest a feedback modulation of peripheral Ig on cellular activities in BM B lineage compartments, mediated by mechanisms that seem to involve the variable regions of the Ig molecule.