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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Regulation of idiotope expression. IV. Genetic linkage of two D region-dependent T15 idiotopes to the IgH allotype.

The idiotopic (Id) repertoire of antibody response to phosphocholine was studied in mouse strains with different IgH allotypes. The T15 idiotype-bearing (T15+) serum antibody and antibody plaque-forming cells (PFC) were characterized with four monoclonal anti-Id that recognize distinct Id determinants on T15+ antibody encoded by VH-1 (of the S107 gene family), DH FL16.1, JH-1 and Vk22 germ-line genes. We have previously shown that expression of the Id designated AB1-2 and B36-82 depends on the third hypervariable loop (D region), whereas the other Id, MaId5-4 and B24-44, are influenced by VH structures outside of the D region. All four Id were expressed in the PC-response of all mouse strains tested, except the Ighj strains (C3H/HeJ, CBA/H-T6, PL/j), where the D region-dependent Id, AB1-2 and B36-82, were absent. The other Id, however, were normally expressed on individual PFC as well as the serum antibody of the Ighj strains. Expression of AB1-2 and B36-82 on 50% of PFC occurred in (BALB/c-Igha x C3H/HeJ-Ighj)F1 mice. The absence of Id correlated with a unique RFLP of the S107 gene family in Ighj strains. Finally, Id expression segregated with the appropriate RFLP pattern in individual (BALB/c x C3H/HeJ)F2 mice. These data demonstrate a selective genetic linkage of discrete T15 Id determinants, AB1-2 and B36-82 with the Igh allotype. By comparing these results with the available Ig sequences, we suggest that the Ighj allotype may be associated with an allelic form of the DH-FL16.1 segment which with VH-1, JH-1, and the Vk 22 code for the phosphocholine-specific antibody in the mouse.[1]


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