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T-cell receptor variable region gene usage in T-cell populations.

We have examined T-cell receptor alpha- and beta-chain variable (V) region gene usage in T-cell populations predicted to have different major histocompatibility complex-restriction specificities. Using a sensitive ribonuclease protection assay to measure T-cell receptor mRNA levels, we found no striking differences in the usage of three V alpha genes and three V beta genes in T-cell populations from three congeneic H-2-disparate strains of mice and between the mutually exclusive Ly2+ L3T4- and Ly2- L3T4+ T-cell subpopulations. These results suggest that major histocompatibility complex restriction cannot be explained by the differential usage of nonoverlapping V alpha or V beta gene pools. In contrast, striking but unpredictable differences were seen in V gene usage in populations of T cells selected by activation with particular alloantigens.[1]

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  1. T-cell receptor variable region gene usage in T-cell populations. Garman, R.D., Ko, J.L., Vulpe, C.D., Raulet, D.H. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1986) [Pubmed]
 
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