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Structure and expression of a mouse major histocompatibility antigen gene, H-2Ld.

A genomic clone encoding H-2Ld, a mouse major transplantation antigen, has been identified and the structure of the H-2Ld gene has been partially determined. We isolated 35 genomic clones from a BALB/c (H-2d) genomic library by hybridization to mouse or human probes. One of these clones encodes H-2Ld as determined by two criteria. First, the gene encodes a protein that is identical at the 76 known amino acid positions for H-2Ld. Second, when introduced into L cells by DNA-mediated gene transfer, a new H-2 antigen is expressed that is recognized by anti-H-2Ld monoclonal antibodies. The sequence of the H-2Ld protein predicted by the DNA sequences shows more than 80% homology to known H-2 antigens. H-2L-like sequences are found in mutant H-2Kb molecules, suggesting that gene conversion or reciprocal recombination may play a role in the development of H-2 polymorphism.[1]


  1. Structure and expression of a mouse major histocompatibility antigen gene, H-2Ld. Evans, G.A., Margulies, D.H., Camerini-Otero, R.D., Ozato, K., Seidman, J.G. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1982) [Pubmed]
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