Thomas M. Luby

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Class switch DNA recombinations change the constant (C) region of the antibody heavy (H) chain expressed by a B cell and thereby change the antibody effector function. Unusual tandemly repeated sequence elements located upstream of H chain gene exons have long been thought to be important in the targeting and/or mechanism of the switch recombination(More)
alpha Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alphaMSH) is a 13 amino acid peptide with potent anti-inflammatory effects. We created two DNA expression constructs (miniPOMC and pACTH1-17) that encode bioactive versions of the alphaMSH peptide, and tested these constructs for therapeutic effects in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Each construct(More)
Deficiencies of the Msh2 protein or the Smu tandem repeat (SmuTR) sequences each reduce isotype switching in mice by about 2- to 3-fold. We find that switching in mice deficient for both Msh2 and SmuTR is nearly ablated. We propose that the SmuTR provides closely spaced cleavage sites that can undergo switch recombination independent of Msh2, whereas(More)
Analyses of H-chain transgenes have indicated that sequences situated between the mu intronic enhancer and the Cmu exons are important for mu gene expression. We have analyzed several variant mu transgenes and find that a sequence element located within or just upstream of Smu is important for mu transgene expression in both immature and mature B cells.(More)
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