Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 3510249
J. Immunol. 1986 Jan;136(2):466-9
The relative numbers of short- and long-lived mitogen-reactive B cells in the peripheral pool were evaluated by studying the decay of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-reactive B lymphocytes in LPS nonresponder, histocompatible hosts for periods of up to 3 wk after cell transfer. The results obtained demonstrate the existence of two major classes of mitogen-reactive B cells defined by life span. The “short-lived” cell component comprises about 80 to 90% of the reactive cells and decays with a life expectancy of 18 to 24 hr. The long-lived cell component, with life expectancies of 10 to 20 days, comprises about 10 to 20% of the reactive cells and is preferentially enriched in circulating B cells. The present ratio for short- and long-lived B cells implies a highly dynamic state for the immune system which must be advantageous in the selection of available repertoires.