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MOLECULAR ANALYSIS OF THE SEROLOGICALLY DEFINED HLA-AW19 ANTIGENS - A GENETICALLY DISTINCT FAMILY OF HLA-A ANTIGENS COMPRISING A29, A31, A32, AND AW33, BUT PROBABLY NOT A30

K KATO, JA TRAPANI, J ALLOPENNA, B DUPONT, SY YANG

Journal of Immunology | AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS | Published : 1989

Abstract

The HLA-Aw19 complex consists of a number of serologically cross-reactive Ag (i.e., A29, A30, A31, A32, and Aw33) which exhibit an epitope shared by HLA-B and -C proteins. To investigate the structural basis for these serologic cross-reactivities, we have cloned and determined the nucleotide sequences for A30, A31, and Aw33, and compared the predicted amino acid sequences with those already available for A29, A32, and other class I allelic products. All alleles of the Aw19 group contained A-locus-specific sequences, exhibiting "A-ness." The structural similarities between Aw19 polypeptides were found in the alpha 1 and alpha 2 domains, where shared amino acid residues were identified that co..

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