The role of B cells and autoantibodies in neuropsychiatric lupus

Jing Wen, Ariel D. Stock, Samantha A. Chalmers, Chaim Putterman

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The central nervous system manifestations of SLE (neuropsychiatric lupus, NPSLE) occur frequently, though are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Symptoms of NPSLE can be quite diverse, including chronic cognitive and emotional manifestations, as well as acute presentations, such as stroke and seizures. Although the pathogenesis of NPSLE has yet to be well characterized, B-cell mediated damage is believed to be an important contributor. B-cells and autoantibodies may traverse the blood brain barrier promoting an inflammatory environment consisting of glia activation, neurodegeneration, and consequent averse behavioral outcomes. This review will evaluate the various suggested roles of B-cells and autoantibodies in NPSLE, as well as therapeutic modalities targeting these pathogenic mediators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAutoimmunity Reviews
StateAccepted/In press - May 17 2016


  • Autoantibodies
  • B cells
  • Neuropsychiatric lupus
  • SLE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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