Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

PI3K (phosphoinositide 3-kinase) I(A) family members contain a regulatory subunit and a catalytic subunit. The p110delta catalytic subunit is expressed predominantly in haematopoietic cells. There, among other functions, it regulates antigen receptor-mediated responses. Using mice deficient in the p110delta subunit of PI3K, we investigated the role of this subunit in LPS (lipopolysaccharide)-induced B cell responses, which are mediated by Toll-like receptor 4 and RP105. After injection of DNP-LPS (where DNP stands for 2,4-dinitrophenol), p110delta(-/-) mice produced reduced levels of DNP-specific IgM and IgG when compared with wild-type mice. In vitro, the proliferation and up-regulation of surface activation markers such as CD86 and CD25 induced by LPS and an antibody against RP105 were decreased. We analysed the activation state of key components of the LPS pathway in B cells to determine whether there was a defect in signalling in p110delta(-/-) B cells. They showed normal extracellular-signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation, but anti-RP105-induced protein kinase B, IkappaB (inhibitor of nuclear factor kappaB) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase activation was severely reduced. This demonstrates that the p110delta subunit of PI3K is involved in the LPS response in B cells and may represent a link between the innate and the adaptive immune system.

Original publication




Conference paper

Publication Date





789 - 791


Animals, Antigens, CD, B-Lymphocytes, B7-2 Antigen, Catalytic Domain, Cell Proliferation, Enzyme Activation, Immunoglobulin G, Immunoglobulin M, JNK Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases, Lipopolysaccharides, MAP Kinase Signaling System, Membrane Glycoproteins, Mice, Mice, Transgenic, Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases, Phosphorylation, Receptors, Interleukin-2, Signal Transduction, Up-Regulation