The calcium-binding protein calbindin-D (28 kD) has been analysed immunohistochemically in different human lymphoid tissues. Combined immunohistochemical staining showed that calbindin-D (28 kD) is expressed by only a proportion of dendritic cells within the light zone of germinal centres, where antigens in the form of immune complexes are trapped and presented to B lymphocytes. All other cell types including macrophages, interdigitating cells, and various lymphocyte populations were negative. The expression of calbindin-D in this functionally relevant subset of follicular dendritic cells could have a role in the regulation of proliferation and selection of memory B-cells by modulating the concentration of calcium ions. Calbindin-D may be a useful marker for analysing in situ the phases of follicular development in different physiological and pathological conditions.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
- follicular dendritic cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine