Lisa C. Watson

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CDR3 regions containing two D segments, or containing the footprints of V(H) replacement events, have been reported in both mice and humans. However, the 12-23 bp rule for V(D)J recombination predicts that D-D rearrangements, which would occur between 2 recombination signal sequences (RSSs) with 12-bp spacers, should be extremely disfavored, and the cryptic(More)
Marginal zone (MZ) B cells resemble fetally derived B1 B cells in their innate-like rapid responses to bacterial pathogens, but the basis for this is unknown. We report that the MZ is enriched in "fetal-type" B cell receptors lacking N regions (N(-)). Mixed bone marrow (BM) chimeras, made with adult terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)(+/+) and(More)
The initial B cell repertoire contains a considerable proportion of autoreactive specificities. The first major B cell tolerance checkpoint is at the stage of the immature B cell, where receptor editing is the primary mode of eliminating self-reactivity. The cells that emigrate from the bone marrow have a second tolerance checkpoint in the transitional(More)
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