Regulation of T cell receptor β allelic exclusion at a level beyond accessibility

Annette Jackson, Hrisavgi D. Kondilis, Bernard Khor, Barry P. Sleckman, Michael S. Krangel

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Allelic exclusion of Vβ-to-DJβ recombination depends on asynchronous rearrangement of alleles of the gene encoding T cell receptor β in double-negative thymocytes and feedback inhibition that is maintained in double-positive thymocytes. Feedback is thought to be enforced through downregulation of Vβ accessibility. In an attempt to override this negative regulation, we introduced the enhancer of the gene encoding T cell receptor α into the Vβ gene cluster downstream of Vβ12. In double-negative thymocytes, the introduced enhancer had no measurable effect on accessibility, but Vβ12 rearrangement was stimulated and Vβ12 allelic exclusion was partially subverted. In contrast, double-positive thymocytes showed increased Vβ transcription and accessibility, but feedback inhibition of Vβ-to-DJβ recombination remained intact. Our results indicate additional regulatory constraints on Vβ-to-DJβ recombination that operate beyond the accessibility barrier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-197
Number of pages9
JournalNature Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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