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EMBO J. 1990 Apr;9(4):1057-62.

T-cell specific rearrangement of T-cell receptor beta transgenes in mice.

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Central Research Units, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel, Switzerland.


To study rearrangement of T cell receptor (TCR) genes, transgenic mice were generated with a TCR beta minilocus in germline configuration, containing three V beta, two D beta, fourteen J beta and two C beta gene segments and the TCR beta enhancer. Using the polymerase chain reaction as an analytical tool both partial DJ as well as complete VDJ rearrangements were seen, indicating that the minilocus contained all sequence elements required for rearrangment. Rearrangements of minilocus gene segments were restricted to T cells in the thymus and the periphery and did not occur in B cells. V beta 8.3 and V beta 5 sequences encoded by the minilocus were expressed on the surface of peripheral T cells at high frequencies. Transgenic mice with TCR minilocus genes will be a useful system to identify DNA sequence elements required for regulation of rearrangement in vivo.

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