Pamela B. Nakajima

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In the murine T cell receptor delta locus, V(D)J recombination events frequently involve the D2 and J1 elements. Here we report the presence of double-strand breaks at recombination signals flanking D2 in approximately 2% of thymus DNA. An excised linear species containing the sequences between D2 and J1 and a circular product of the joining of D2 and J1(More)
Lymphoid cells from scid mice initiate V(D)J recombination normally but have a severely reduced ability to join coding segments. Thymocytes from scid mice contain broken DNA molecules at the TCR delta locus that have coding ends, as well as molecules with signal ends, whereas in normal mice we previously detected only signal ends. Remarkably, these coding(More)
The joining of DNA ends during Ig class-switch recombination (CSR) is thought to involve the same nonhomologous end-joining pathway as used in V(D)J recombination. However, we reported earlier that CSR can readily occur in Ig transgenic SCID mice lacking DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) activity, a critical enzymatic activity for V(D)J recombination.(More)
Allelic polymorphism in TCR loci may play an important role in shaping the T cell repertoire and in disease susceptibility. We have used a combination of antibody and sequence analysis to investigate polymorphism in the murine V alpha 11 family. Two different antibodies have been analyzed that recognize particular V alpha 11 family members of the V alpha b(More)
Initiation of V(D)J recombination results in broken DNA molecules with blunt recombination signal ends and covalently sealed (hairpin) coding ends. In SCID mice, coding joint formation is severely impaired and hairpin coding ends accumulate as a result of a deficiency in the catalytic subunit of DNA-dependent protein kinase, an enzyme involved in the repair(More)
Analysis of mouse Tcr genes has previously defined at least five different Tcra-V haplotypes among inbred strains of mice. For mice of the Tcra-V b haplotype, including C57BL/10 (B10), T-cell expression of the Tcra-V11 gene subfamily can be detected with a monoclonal antibody, 1.F2. In the course of further characterizing the specificity of 1.F2, we found(More)
Patient serum or plasma is frequently monitored for biochemical markers of disease or physiological status. Many of the rapidly evolving technologies of proteome analysis are being used to find additional clinically informative protein markers. The unusually high abundance of albumin in serum can interfere with the resolution and sensitivity of many(More)