RSSs set the odds for exclusion.
In this issue of JEM, Wu et al. (https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.20200412) provide new insights into allelic exclusion. They demonstrate that Vβ-to-DβJβ rearrangement occurs stochastically on two competing Tcrb alleles, with suboptimal Vβ recombination signal sequences limiting synchronous rearrangements and essential for allelic exclusion.
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