Arrested rearrangement of TCR V beta genes in thymocytes from children with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disease.

Journal Article

Human X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) is an immunodeficiency disorder in which T cell development is arrested in the thymic cortex. B lymphocytes in children with X-linked SCID seem to differentiate normally. X-linked SCID is associated with a mutation in the gene that encodes the IL-2R gamma-chain. Because TCR-beta gene recombination is a pivotal initial event in T lymphocyte ontogeny within the thymus, we hypothesized that a failure to express normal IL-2R gamma could lead to impaired TCR-beta gene recombination in early thymic development. PCR was used to determine the status of TCR-beta gene-segment rearrangements in thymic DNA that had been obtained from children with X-linked SCID. The initial step in TCR-beta gene rearrangement, that of D beta to J beta recombination, was readily detected in all thymus samples from children with X-linked SCID; in contrast, V beta to DJ beta gene rearrangements were undetectable in the same samples. Both D beta to J beta and V beta to DJ beta TCR genes were rearranged in the thymic tissues obtained from immunologically normal children. We conclude that TCR beta-chain gene rearrangement is arrested in children with X-linked SCID. Our results suggest a causative relationship between the failure of TCR beta-chain gene rearrangements to proceed beyond DJ beta rearrangements and the production of a nonfunctional IL-2R gamma-chain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sleasman, JW; Harville, TO; White, GB; George, JF; Barrett, DJ; Goodenow, MM

Published Date

  • July 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 153 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 442 - 448

PubMed ID

  • 8207253

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8207253

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1767


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States