Structure and polymorphism of the HLA class II SB light chain genes.

D J KAPPES, D ARNOT, K OKADA, J L STROMINGER

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Abstract

The HLA Class II region contains at least three groups of loci, DR, DC and SB, which play an important role in the immune response. The antigens encoded at these loci are heterodimers composed of an alpha and a beta chain. The sequence of a complete Class II beta cDNA clone whose sequence agrees closely with the limited N-terminal protein sequence available for the SB beta chain is reported. In addition the structure and coding sequence of genomic SB beta clones of two different SB haplotypes has been obtained and allows definition of some polymorphic regions. The SB beta gene appears to undergo alternate splicing at its 3' end, resulting in expression of two different intracytoplasmic regions. Partial sequencing of a second non-allelic SB beta-like gene, SX beta, indicates that it is a pseudogene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2985-2993
Number of pages9
JournalEMBO Journal
Volume3
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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