Faculty Research 1980 - 1989

Title

Spontaneous deletion at the B2m locus: evidence for site-specific genetic rearrangement.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1987

Keywords

Alleles, Animal, Antibodies-Monoclonal: im, Base-Sequence, Cell-Line, Chromosome-Deletion, Genes-Structural, Mice, Mice-Inbred-BALB-C: ge, Mice-Inbred-C57BL: ge, Recombination-Genetic, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-NON-P-H-S, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

JAX Source

J Immunol 1987 Feb 15; 138(4):1270-4.

Grant

1, CA13330, AI20702

Abstract

We have isolated 20 independent spontaneous mutants in the B2mb allele from a B2ma/b heterozygous murine cell line by immunoselection in vitro with a monoclonal antibody directed against the product of the B2mb allele. One class of mutants has undergone a deletion in the 5' end of the B2mb gene. The deletions appear to be identical in all of the independent clones, and extend an unknown distance upstream of the B2m gene from a region in the first intron. Southern blot analysis with the use of oligonucleotides to the wild type gene sequence mapped the breakpoint to within 39 base pairs. The high frequency of independent spontaneous mutants showing indistinguishable deletions suggests that the first intron of the B2m gene contains sequences that are highly susceptible to site-specific recombinations.

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