The adaptable somatic repertoire

P. J. Gearhart

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Somatic mutation introduces singles nucleotide substitutions in and around the rearranged kappa variable gene, Vk167, but not the constant gene. The high frequency of mutations is most easily explained by a mechanism of error-prone repair which occurs during several cycles of cell division. Mutations may accumulate with time after joining of the V- and J-gene segments because IgG and IgA antibodies contain more amino acid substitutions than IgM antibodies. Many variant anti-phosphorylcholine antibodies have a higher affinity for antigen than their germ-line-encoded counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalAnnales de l'Institut Pasteur - Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984


  • Antibody repertoire
  • Immunogenetics.
  • Immunogénétique
  • Phosphorylcholine
  • Phosphorylcholine
  • Répertoire anticorps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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