The expression in vivo of a second isoform of pT alpha: implications for the mechanism of pT alpha action.

@article{Barber1998TheEI,
  title={The expression in vivo of a second isoform of pT alpha: implications for the mechanism of pT alpha action.},
  author={Domingo Francisco Barber and Lorena Passoni and Lijun Wen and Liping Geng and Adrian C. Hayday},
  journal={Journal of immunology},
  year={1998},
  volume={161 1},
  pages={11-6}
}
A second isoform of pT alpha, "pT alpha(b)," is derived from the pT alpha locus by tissue-specific, alternative splicing. pT alpha(b) is coexpressed in the thymus with the previously characterized form of pT alpha (which we term pT alpha(a)) and is also expressed in peripheral cells without pT alpha(a). While pT alpha(a) acts to retain most TCR beta-chains intracellularly, pT alpha(b) permits higher levels of cell surface TCR beta expression and facilitates signaling from a CD3-TCR beta complex… CONTINUE READING