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The emerging field of regulatory B cell immunometabolism
B cells are well known as critical mediators of humoral immune responses via the production of antibodies. However, numerous studies have also identified populations of B cells that are characterized by their anti-inflammatory properties. These “regulatory B cells” restrain excessive inflammatory responses in a wide range of health conditions. A significant knowledge gap remains concerning the nature of the signals that determine whether a B cell exerts a pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory function. In this perspective, we explore the concept that in addition to the cytokine microenvironment, intracellular and extracellular metabolic signals play a pivotal role in controlling the balance between regulatory and antibody-producing B cell subsets. Determining the metabolites and tissue-specific signals that influence B cell fate could establish novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of diseases where abnormal B cell responses contribute to pathogenesis.
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