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B Lymphocytes: Receptors

  1. Tomohiro Kurosaki,
  2. Masaki Hikida

Published Online: 15 JAN 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000914.pub2



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Kurosaki, T. and Hikida, M. 2007. B Lymphocytes: Receptors. eLS. .

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  1. RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2007

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The B-cell receptor (BCR) is a complex of integral membrane proteins which is expressed on the cell surface of B lymphocytes. The BCR not only recognizes an antigen and transduces activating signals, but also plays a central role in determining the fate of B lymphocytes.


  • B-cell receptor;
  • pre-B-cell receptor;
  • BCR signalling;
  • tonic signal;
  • B-cell fate