Expression and characterization of ovine major histocompatibility complex class II (OLA-DR) genes

K T Ballingall, H Wright, J Redmond, B M Dutia, J Hopkins, J Lang, E V Deverson, J C Howard, N Puri, D Haig

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Previous work made use of nucleic acid probes corresponding to different subtypes of the class II regions of the human and murine major histocompatibility complex (MHC) to isolate seven different alpha and 24 different beta genes of the ovine MHC from two cosmid libraries. In an attempt to identify pairs of alpha and beta genes capable of cell surface expression, all permutations of alpha and beta genes were in turn transfected into mouse L-cells. Two pairs of alpha and beta genes co-expressed and stable ovine MHC class II L-cell lines were developed. The expressed alpha genes had previously been defined as DR-alpha homologues (DRA) by differential Southern hybridization to human subtype specific class II probes. The expressed ovine beta genes were also assigned as ovine DR-beta homologues (DRB) on the basis of their sequence having a higher degree of similarity with human DRB than any other subtype. A total of eight out of 23 anti-sheep class II specific monoclonal antibodies were typed OLA-DR specific by FACScan analysis using the L-cell lines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-59
Number of pages13
JournalAnimal Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Gene Expression
  • Genes, MHC Class II
  • L Cells (Cell Line)
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sheep


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