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Eur J Immunol. 2002 Dec;32(12):3463-71.

Incomplete block of B cell development and immunoglobulin production in mice carrying the muMT mutation on the BALB/c background.

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Department of Histology and Embryology, Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia.


The expression of the preB cell receptor (preBCR), composed of the mu chain, surrogate light chains and the Igalpha /Igbeta signal transduction unit, permits further differentiation of Bcell precursors. C57BL/6 mice homozygous for an inactivating mutation of the membrane exon of the mu chain gene (C57BL/6muMT/muMT)) cannot form a preBCR and are, consequently, devoid of mature B lymphocytes. Here we present evidence that the block of B cell development by the muMT mutation is incomplete in BALB/c mice. Unlike C57BL/6muMT/muMT), BALB/cmuMT/muMT) mice generate small numbers of mature B cells, accumulate plasma cells and produce high levels of all immunoglobulin isotypes, except IgM. The observed phenomenon seems to be controlled by a single genetic locus that is not linked to IgH.

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