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Mol Immunol. 1990 May;27(5):463-70.

Variable region primary structures of monoclonal anti-DNA autoantibodies from NZB/NZW F1 mice.

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Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana 61801.


VH and VL region primary structures of five NZB/NZW F1 derived monoclonal anti-DNA autoantibodies were determined from cloned cDNA. Comparative analysis of VH genes showed that except for two VH genes that shared complete identity the overall VH gene usage was diverse. Comparison of VH genes with those utilized in a variety of antibody responses showed they were generally unique to the autoanti-DNA response although framework homologies allowed assignment of four of five VH genes to existing murine heavy chain gene families. Only one out of five D segments shared homology to existing germline D segments, and all were rearranged to JH3. V kappa genes showed restriction for four of five light chains to the V kappa 1 subgroup. The V kappa 1 subgroup has been shown previously to be utilized in several anti-DNA autoantibodies as well as a variety of antibodies to exogenous antigens. H and L chain amino acid residues associated with the active site of a ssDNA specific autoantibody, 04-01, are discussed based on recently obtained crystallographic data.

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