By employing RT-PCR-based technology, followed by Southern-blot analysis, patterns of relative TRC BJ gene segment usage in human CD4+ and CD8+ umbilical cord blood T cells (UCT) from ten children were determined in relation to seven recombined TCR BV gene (sub) families (BV 3, 5S1, 6S1-3, 8, 9, 12 and 18). Normal frequency of usage of individual BJ members was observed to be extremely nonrandom. BJ usage in association with each BV was ranked and mean ranking values were calculated for individual BJs. Moreover, BJ family usage and family ranges as well as individual BJ over-representations were determined. In all these aspects of BJ exon expression, CD4+ and CD8+ UCT displayed similar distribution patterns. Comparisons of BJ usage in UCT subpopulations and in the adult peripheral blood lymphocyte (PBL) counterparts were performed and many similarities were observed. However, discrepancies in two parameters were recorded; contrary to observations in PBL, individual BJ over-representations were virtually absent in UCT, and significantly less wide BJ family ranges were demonstrated in CD8+ UCT relative to CD8+ PBL T cells. These differences support the notion that UCT are in a less dynamic state than are PBL T cells. Hence, despite the fact that PBL T cells are subjected to continuous antigenic challenge, the striking resemblance of PBL and UCT with regard to the overall individual relative usage, ranking, mean ranking and family utilisation of BJ gene segments, irrespective of the choice of recombined BV exons, may suggest a relatively nondiscriminatory role for the BJ gene product in antigen recognition as compared to those encoded by the BV, (N) and BD gene segments.
|Autori:||Jeddi-Tehrani M; Hodara V; ESIN S; Török C; Wigzell H; Andersson R|
|Titolo:||T-cell receptor BJ gene segment expression in human umbilical cord blood CD4 + and CD8 + T-cell subsets|
|Anno del prodotto:||1997|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1046/j.1365-3083.1997.d01-162.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|