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Gene-specific signal joint modifications during V(D)J recombination of TCRAD locus genes in murine and human thymocytes.

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V(D)J recombination assembles functional T-cell receptor (TCR) genes from V, D and J components in developing thymocytes. Extensive processing of V, D and J extremities before they are ligated creates a high degree of junctional diversity which results in the generation of a large repertoire of different TCR chains. In contrast, the extremities of the intervening DNA segment, which bear the recombination signal sequences, are generally held to be monomorphic, so that signal joints (SJs) consist of the perfect head-to-head juxtaposition of recombination signal extremities. We analyzed the structure of SJs generated during the recombination of TCRAD locus genes in murine and human thymocytes. Junctional diversity resulting from N nucleotide additions or from N nucleotide additions and base loss was found for each type of SJ examined. Different patterns of processing/modification were found, suggesting that different enzymatic activities operate during recombination of TCRA and TCRD genes, although they are located within the same genetic locus. Recombination of the deltaRec-1 element generates a diverse repertoire of SJs exhibiting both combinatorial and junctional diversity in murine and human thymocytes. Therefore, SJ diversity appears to be an intrinsic feature of V(D)J recombination in unmanipulated thymocytes.
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inserm-00079238 , version 1 (10-06-2006)

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Cédric Touvrey, Eve Borel, Patrice N. Marche, Evelyne Jouvin-Marche, Serge M. Candéias. Gene-specific signal joint modifications during V(D)J recombination of TCRAD locus genes in murine and human thymocytes.. Immunobiology, 2006, 211 (9), pp.741-51. ⟨10.1016/j.imbio.2006.04.001⟩. ⟨inserm-00079238⟩
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