Diversity and organization of human T cell receptor delta variable gene segments.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Previous studies of the human TCR-delta gene identified a single commonly used V delta segment, denoted V delta 1. To better understand the extent of the human TCR-delta V gene repertoire, TCR-delta transcripts and gene rearrangements were examined in a new panel of cloned human TCR-gamma/delta lymphocytes. Through this analysis we identified and determined the structures of two new V delta segments, denoted V delta 2 and V delta 3. These V delta segments are different from previously characterized V alpha segments, supporting the notion that the human V delta and V alpha repertoires are distinct. Examination of V gamma gene segment usage in these cells reveals that the V delta 2 gene segment is used in conjunction with the V gamma 2 gene segment. Blot hybridization indicates that the V delta 2 gene segment lies between V delta 1 and D delta-J delta-C delta, and within 100 kb of the latter. Analysis of genomic clones indicates that the V delta 3 gene segment lies in an inverted orientation, approximately 2 kb 3' of C delta. This implies that rearrangement of V delta 3 to D delta-J delta-C delta occurs by inversion. Together with previous mapping studies, these results indicate that human V delta segments are dispersed, rather than clustered, within the TCR-alpha/delta locus. The analysis of rearrangements in polyclonal thymocyte DNA suggests that there may be a limited number of additional V delta gene segments yet to be characterized.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hata, S; Clabby, M; Devlin, P; Spits, H; De Vries, JE; Krangel, MS

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 169 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 41 - 57

PubMed ID

  • 2521243

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2189176

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1084/jem.169.1.41


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States