Thomas J. McConnell

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Adaptions of the polymerase chain reaction were used to isolate cDNA sequences encoding the Major histocompatibility complex(Mhc) class II A gene(s) of the striped bass (Morone saxatilis). Four complete Mhc class II A genes were cloned and sequenced from a specimen originating in the Roanoke River, North Carolina, and another three A genes from a specimen(More)
We have isolated two major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II B genes from the inbred fish strain Xiphophorus maculatus Jp 163 A. We mapped one of these genes, designated here as DXB, to linkage group III, linked to a malic enzyme locus, also syntenic with human and mouse MHC. Comparison of genomic and cDNA clones shows the gene consists of six exons(More)
Two different cDNA sequences for major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II beta chains from the channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) have been identified. Homology between these sequences and those previously identified as MHC class II B genes in other teleosts suggests they represent alleles of the DAB locus. The inferred amino acid sequences show(More)
Peptides derived from parasites are presented to T helper cells by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II alpha beta heterodimeric cell-surface molecules. In mice and humans, the genes encoding these antigen-presenting molecules are known to be polymorphic and polygenic. Multiple loci for MHC class II A and B genes are proposed to allow for an(More)
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II B locus of the striped bass (Morone saxatilis) was found to contain multiple forms of the class II B gene. Seven complete MHC class II B cDNA clones were isolated and sequenced, identifying five unique allelic forms of a MHC class II B gene. Among three specimens, each representing a geographically(More)
In order to characterize the Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II A genes of the channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) a cDNA library was screened and PCR was performed. Four different full-length cDNA sequences for MHC class II A genes were obtained from a clonal B cell line derived from an outbred fish. Two different genomic sequences and(More)
 Four cDNAs encoding the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I α chain were isolated from a channel catfish clonal B-cell cDNA library. Sequence analysis suggests these cDNAs represent three different MHC class I loci. All cDNAs encoded conserved residues characteristic of the MHC class I α chain: namely, those involved in peptide binding, salt(More)
Two MHC class II loci, DAB (a classical class II locus) and DXB (putatively a non-classical class II locus), were sequenced in samples of individuals from two populations of swordtail fish, Xiphophorus multilineatus and X. pygmaeus. The DAB locus showed higher levels of genetic variation in the B1-encoding region, (putative binding region) than the DXB(More)
This study compared myelin basic protein-specific T cells from Lewis rats that were derived in the presence of either rat IL-4 or IL-2. Interleukin-4 was a maintenance factor that enabled derivation of long-term T cell lines. When activated, IL-4 dependent lines were lacking in IL-2 production capacity but maintained high levels of responsiveness to IL-2(More)