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Cell. 1987 Oct 23;51(2):175-87.

Transgenic mice selectively lacking MHC class II (I-E) antigen expression on B cells: an in vivo approach to investigate Ia gene function.

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Biogen Research Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142.


The E alpha MHC class II gene with 1.4 kb of 5'-flanking and 0.5 kb of 3'-flanking sequences was introduced into (H-2b X s)F2 mice, which do not express their endogenous E alpha gene. The transgene was expressed in thymic tissue and in adherent spleen cells and was induced in peritoneal exudate cells by gamma-interferon. In contrast to the normal E alpha gene, there was no expression in B lymphocytes. Since transgenic animals made with constructs containing 3.2 kb and 2 kb of 5'-flanking sequences show normal expression pattern of the E alpha gene, it appears that deletion of 5'-flanking sequences between -1.4 kb and -2 kb inactivated or eliminated regulatory sequences required for expression of E alpha specifically in B cells. The presence of pBR327 DNA linked to the -1.4 kb E alpha transgene suppresses expression in peripheral adherent cells, yielding mice expressing E alpha only in the thymus. These mice appear to be tolerant to I-E, as measured in mixed leukocyte response experiments.

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