Volume 6 Issue 1, January 2005

Volume 6 Issue 1

Unlike other loci, only one allele of the immunoglobulin genes in a B cell is used to produce antibodies. Skok and colleagues (p 31) investigate how such 'allelic exclusion' is enforced. The Igh genes temporarily contract, which juxtaposes distal VH segments with downstream DHJH sequences. Signaling through the pre-BCR triggers loss of this close apposition, precluding further rearrangements with distal VH regions. Confocal image shows in situ nuclear hybridization signals of the looped Igh locus. Artwork by Lewis Long.

Editorial

Meeting Report

  • Meeting Report |

    The fourth EMBO workshop on “Lymphocyte antigen receptor and coreceptor signaling” gathered immunologists to share key findings, new questions and emerging trends in the field of cell signaling.

    • Cosima T Baldari
    • , Gary Koretzky
    • , John L Telford
    •  & Oreste Acuto

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    Dendritic cells have the unique capacity of processing soluble exogenous proteins for presentation to killer T lymphocytes. Now Cresswell and associates show that this is possible because pinocytosed material gains access to the perinuclear endoplasmic reticulum of dendritic cells.

    • Loredana Saveanu
    •  & Peter van Endert
  • News & Views |

    The signaling pathways distinguishing positive and negative thymic selection are critical for establishing T cell immunity and tolerance. The kinase MINK might be an important component that differentiates these two events.

    • Ed Palmer
  • News & Views |

    When confronted with a pathogen, the immune system must develop the appropriate type of immune response. Recent work provides new insight into how regulated gene activation and silencing occurs in helper T cells.

    • Federica Sallusto
    •  & Steven L Reiner
  • News & Views |

    Human skin is surprisingly resistant to colonization by Escherichia coli, a prevalent commensal bacterium of the gut flora. An 11-kDa Zn2+-binding protein, psoriasin, is identified as the principal E. coli–bactericidal factor present at the surface of human skin.

    • Charles L Bevins

Perspective

Review

Articles

Erratum

  • Erratum |

    • Stacey R Dillon
    • , Cindy Sprecher
    • , Angela Hammond
    • , Janine Bilsborough
    • , Maryland Rosenfeld-Franklin
    • , Scott R Presnell
    • , Harald S Haugen
    • , Mark Maurer
    • , Brandon Harder
    • , Janet Johnston
    • , Susan Bort
    • , Sherri Mudri
    • , Joseph L Kuijper
    • , Tom Bukowski
    • , Pamela Shea
    • , Dennis L Dong
    • , Maria Dasovich
    • , Francis J Grant
    • , Luann Lockwood
    • , Steven D Levin
    • , Cosette LeCiel
    • , Kim Waggie
    • , Heather Day
    • , Stavros Topouzis
    • , Janet Kramer
    • , Rolf Kuestner
    • , Zhi Chen
    • , Don Foster
    • , Julia Parrish-Novak
    •  & Jane A Gross

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