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EMBO J. 1988 Nov;7(11):3457-64.

B lymphocyte lineage-restricted expression of mb-1, a gene with CD3-like structural properties.

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Department of Immunology, Saga Medical School, Japan.


A gene, called m-mb-1, was isolated from a murine pre-B-minus T lymphocyte subtracted library. It was found expressed as mRNA at low to medium abundance in early progenitors of the B lineage, in pre-B and mature B lineage cell lines, in normal resting B lymphocytes and in polyclonally activated B cell blasts. The gene was not expressed in plasmacytomas, in cell lines of the monocyte/macrophage, the T lymphocyte or the fibroblast lineages, nor in thymus, liver, heart, kidney, lung or brain. The nucleotide sequence of the m-mb-1 gene encodes a putative membrane glycoprotein with 220 amino acids, which includes a leader sequence, a putative extracellular domain with two potential N-glycosylation sites, a transmembrane portion and a putative intracellular domain. The partial sequence of a human homologue, h-mb-1, shows nearly 90% homology in nucleotide as well as amino acid sequences to the murine form of a stretch of the putative intracytoplasmic domain. Antibodies raised against a fusion protein of m-mb-1 with protein A, affinity purified for their m-mb-1 specificity, stained pre-B and mature B cell lines on their surface, but did not stain T cell lines and fibroblasts. Antibodies raised against a stretch of 20 amino acids of the putative intracellular domain with 90% homology between the mouse and human protein did not stain the surface of any cell lines tested.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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