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Interaction and sequence diversity among T15 VH genes in CBA/J mice
Journal of Experimental Medicine (1988)
  • Barbara A. Osborne, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Nucleotide sequences of the four genes composing the T15 heavy chain variable region (VH) family of the CBA/J mouse have been determined. Comparison of these sequences with their published BALB/c and C57BL/10 homologues reveals that nucleotide differences found between given alleles of two strains, i.e., CBA/J and BALB/c, are observed in other family members of the same strain. We suggest that these patterns of sequence variation are most readily explained by gene interaction (conversion). Additionally, the sequence of a CBA/J hybridoma, 6G6, proposed to have been generated by gene conversion, is directly encoded by the CBA/J V11 gene indicating that the putative conversion has occurred meiotically in the germline. These results are consistent with the premise that gene correction is occurring frequently among members of this family and that such processes may contribute significantly to the evolution of Ig variable region genes even in the relatively short time frame of inbred strain derivation.
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Barbara A. Osborne. "Interaction and sequence diversity among T15 VH genes in CBA/J mice" Journal of Experimental Medicine Vol. 168 (1988)
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