B-1b Cells Possess Unique bHLH-Driven P62-Dependent Self-Renewal and Atheroprotection

Tanyaporn Pattarabanjird, Melissa Marshall, Aditi Upadhye, Prasad Srikakulapu, James C. Garmey, Antony Haider, Angela M. Taylor, Esther Lutgens, Coleen A. McNamara

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Background: B1a and B1b lymphocytes produce IgM that inactivates oxidation-specific epitopes (IgMOSE) on LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and protects against atherosclerosis. Loss of ID3 (inhibitor of differentiation 3) in B cells selectively promotes B1b but not B1a cell numbers, leading to higher IgMOSEproduction and reduction in atherosclerotic plaque formation. Yet, the mechanism underlying this regulation remains unexplored. Methods: Bulk RNA sequencing was utilized to identify differentially expressed genes in B1a and B1b cells from Id3KO and Id3WT mice. CRISPR/Cas9 and lentiviral genome editing coupled with adoptive transfer were used to identify key Id3-dependent signaling pathways regulating B1b cell proliferation and the impact on atherosclerosis. Biospecimens from humans with advanced coronary artery disease imaging were analyzed to translate murine findings to human subjects with coronary artery disease. Results: Through RNA sequencing, P62 was found to be enriched in Id3KO B1b cells. Further in vitro characterization reveals a novel role for P62 in mediating BAFF (B-cell activating factor)-induced B1b cell proliferation through interacting with TRAF6 (tumor necrosis factor receptor 6) and activating NF-κB (nuclear factor kappa B), leading to subsequent C-MYC (C-myelocytomatosis) upregulation. Promoter-reporter assays reveal that Id3 inhibits the E2A protein from activating the P62 promoter. Mice adoptively transferred with B1 cells overexpressing P62 exhibited an increase in B1b cell number and IgMOSElevels and were protected against atherosclerosis. Consistent with murine mechanistic findings, P62 expression in human B1 cells was significantly higher in subjects harboring a function-impairing single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at rs11574 position in the ID3 gene and directly correlated with plasma IgMOSElevels. Conclusions: This study unveils a novel role for P62 in driving BAFF-induced B1b cell proliferation and IgMOSEproduction to attenuate diet-induced atherosclerosis. Results identify a direct role for Id3 in antagonizing E2A from activating the p62 promoter. Moreover, analysis of putative human B1 cells also implicates these pathways in coronary artery disease subjects, suggesting P62 as a new immunomodulatory target for treating atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-993
Number of pages13
JournalCirculation research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022


  • atherosclerosis
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • immunoglobulin M
  • inflammation
  • proliferation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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