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Curr Opin Immunol. 2012 Apr;24(2):153-9. doi: 10.1016/j.coi.2012.01.003. Epub 2012 Mar 15.

The role of CTCF in regulating V(D)J recombination.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, MSB 599, New York, NY 10016, USA.


V(D)J recombination in B and T cells is required for the generation of receptors with a broad spectrum of specificity to foreign antigen. A total number of three immunoglobulin (Ig) and four T cell receptor (Tcr) loci can be targeted by the recombinase enzyme (RAG1/2) in a defined series of recombination events, which drive the progression of B and T cell development. This process is regulated at multiple levels to ensure lineage specific, ordered rearrangement and allelic exclusion. One key component of this is modulation of chromatin looping and locus contraction, which is important in bringing widely separated gene segments into close contact with each other to enable synapse formation for lineage and stage specific V gene rearrangement [2,3,4(•),5,6(•)]. Recent studies provide new insight into looping and its role in these processes. In this review we focus on the contribution of the 11 zinc finger nuclear protein, CTCF, in mediating loop formation and conformational changes that are important for the regulation of Ig and Tcr rearrangement.

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