Molecular analysis of HLA-B35 alleles and their relationship to HLA-B15 alleles.


Journal Article

The HLA-B35 serotype is one of the largest allelic groups of HLA class I molecules and includes four isotypes. Of the four, the B35 variant isoform is relatively rare and is the most acidic form. DNA sequencing of the rare isoforms revealed three alleles, B*1522, B*3511, and B*3517. A phylogenetic tree of HLA-B15- and HLA-B35-related alleles for the exon 2 and 3 nucleotide sequences showed that exon 2 of B*1522 clusters with B35 alleles whereas exon 3 clusters with B15 alleles. Branches of the tree suggest that the serodeterminants of B35, B62, B63, and B70 may reside in the alpha 1 domain, encoded by exon 2. The B*1520 and B*1522 genes, which type as B62 and B35, respectively, are hybrid molecules alternatively using exon 2 and exon 3 sequences of B*3501 and B*1501. A comparison of intron 2 sequences for B*3501, B*1501 and B*1522 suggests that the recombination site may have been in the region at the 3' end of intron 2. Despite being flanked by two highly polymorphic exons (exons 2 and 3), intron 2 is relatively well conserved in the B-locus, and it is characterized by seven to eight tandem repeats of the CGGGG pentanucleotide. A high degree of sequence homology and repetitive sequences are essential for a significant frequency of recombination. In this report, we reveal more about the complex evolutionary history of the HLA-B alleles.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cereb, N; Kim, C; Hughes, AL; Yang, SY

Published Date

  • April 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 389 - 396

PubMed ID

  • 9151391

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9151391

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-2815

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1399-0039.1997.tb02767.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England