Regulation of B cell fate, survival, and function by mitochondria and autophagy

Hector Sandoval, Srikanth Kodali, Jin Wang

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B cells are responsible for protective antibody production after differentiation into antibody-secreting cells during humoral immune responses. From early B cell development in the bone marrow, to their maturation in the periphery, activation in the germinal center, and differentiation into plasma cells or memory B cells, B cells display ever-changing functions and properties. Autophagy and mitochondria play important roles in B cell development, activation, and differentiation to accommodate the phenotypic and environmental changes encountered over the lifetime of the cell. Among their many functions, mitochondria and autophagy generate energy, mediate cell survival, and produce/eliminate reactive oxygen species that can serve as signal molecules to regulate differentiation. As B cells mature and differentiate into plasma or memory cells, both autophagic and mitochondrial functions undergo significant changes. In this review, we aim to provide an overview of the role of the autophagosome and mitochondria in regulating B cell fate, survival, and function. Moreover, we will discuss the interplay between these two highly metabolic organelles during B cell development, maturation, and differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Early online dateNov 23 2017
StateE-pub ahead of print - Nov 23 2017


  • Autophagy
  • B cells
  • Germinal center
  • Memory B cells
  • Metabolism
  • Mitochondria
  • Mitophagy
  • Plasma cells
  • ROS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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