Human IgE-binding factors

  • Delespesse G
  • Sarfati M
  • Hofstetter H
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Abstract

The production of IgE antibodies is known to be regulated by isotype-specific mechanisms that are not antigen specific. During the last decade several studies have indicated that soluble factors with affinity for IgE (IgE-binding factors, IgE-BFs) may exert such a role by interacting with IgE-bearing B lymphocytes. In the human, some of these IgE-BFs appear to be identical to soluble CD23, a B-cell surface marker thought to be involved in the control of B-cell proliferation or differentiation. In this article, Guy Delespesse and colleagues summarize several new findings regarding the cellular origin, structure and function of IgE-BFs/sCd23. © 1989.

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  • G. Delespesse

  • M. Sarfati

  • H. Hofstetter

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