Gregor Siebenkotten

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Both, in humans and in mice, a major fraction of immunoglobulin E (IgE)-expressing B lymphocytes develops by sequential Ig class switching from IgM via IgG to IgE. This sequential class switch might have functional implications for the frequency and repertoire of IgE+ cells. Here we show that in mutant mice, in which sequential switching to IgE via IgG1 is(More)
Antibody class switching is mediated by somatic recombination between switch regions of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene locus. Targeting of recombination to particular switch regions is strictly regulated by cytokines through the induction of switch transcripts starting 5' of the repetitive switch regions. However, switch transcription as such is not(More)
Non-viral gene transfer into neurons has proved to be a formidable task. Here, we describe an electroporation-based method that allows efficient and reliable DNA transfer into dissociated neural cells before they are plated and cultured. In hippocampal neural cells derived from either neonatal mouse or embryonic chicken brains, a high transfection rate was(More)
Ig class switch recombination occurs in B lymphocytes upon activation, and is targeted to distinct switch (S) regions by cytokine-mediated induction of switch transcripts spanning the entire S region and the adjacent constant region gene segments. Using a novel type of switch recombination substrate, constructed according to the intron-exon structure of the(More)
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