Pluto Bioinformatics

GSE155689: The catalytic domain of the histone methyltransferase NSD2/MMSET is required for the generation of B1 cells in mice

Bulk RNA sequencing

Humoral immunity in mammals relies on the function of two developmentally and functionally distinct B cell subsets - B1 and B2 cells. While B2 cells are responsible for the adaptive response to environmental antigens, B1 cells regulate the production of polyreactive and low affinity antibodies for innate humoral immunity. The molecular mechanism of B cell specification into different subsets is understudied. We identified lysine methyltransferase NSD2 (MMSET/WHSC1) as a critical regulator of B1 cell development. In contrast to its minor impact on B2 cells, deletion of the catalytic domain of NSD2 in primary B cells impairs the generation of B1 lineage. Thus, NSD2, a histone H3 K36 dimethylase, is the first-in-class epigenetic regulator of a B cell lineage in mice. SOURCE: Marc-Werner Dobenecker ( - Tarakhovsky Lab The Rockefeller University

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