Requirement for Rictor in homeostasis & function of mature B lymphoid cells

Keunwook Lee, Lindsey Heffington, Julia Jellusova, Ki Taek Nam, Ariel Raybuck, Sung Hoon Cho, James W. Thomas, Robert C. Rickert, Mark Boothby

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The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), an essential serine/threonine kinase, functions in biochemically distinct multiprotein complexes, but little is known about roles of the complexes in B cells. The acutely rapamycin-sensitive mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) is defined by a core subunit Raptor, whereas mTORC2 lacks Raptor and, instead, has Rictor and SIN1 as distinct essential components. We now show that homeostasis and function of B cells require Rictor. Conditional deletion of Rictor before lymphoid specification impaired generation of mature follicular, marginal zone, and B1a B lymphocytes. Induced inactivation in adult mice caused cell-Autonomous defects in B lymphoid homeostasis and antibody responses in vivo, along with affecting plasma cells in bone marrow. Survival of B lymphocytes depended on Rictor, which was vital for normal induction of prosurvival genes, suppression of proapoptotic genes, nuclear factor kB induction after B-cell receptor stimulation, and B-cell activating factor-induced nuclear factor kB2/p52 generation. Collectively, the findings provide evidence that mTOR signaling affects survival and proliferation of mature B lymphocytes, and establish Rictor as an important signal relay in B-cell homeostasis, fate, and functions. (Blood. 2013;122(14):2369-2379).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2369-2379
Number of pages11
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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©2013 by The American Society of Hematology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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