Journal article

ORGANIZATION OF THE SEQUENCES FLANKING IMMUNOGLOBULIN HEAVY-CHAIN GENES AND THEIR ROLE IN CLASS SWITCHING

BM TYLER, JM ADAMS

Nucleic Acids Research | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 1980

Abstract

We have used heteroduplex analysis to investigate the sequences surrounding the germline C gamma 1 and C gamma 3 genes, and to compare them with those surrounding the C mu gene. We detected an inverted pseudogene 5' to the C gamma 3 gene and 50-65% homologous to it. A 400 bp region of the C gamma 1 and C gamma 3 3' flanking sequences was conserved as strongly as the genes (65-80%), suggesting it may have a specific function. The sequences 5' to the C gamma 1 and C gamma 3 genes and possibly also the C mu gene are composed of tandem partially homologous repeats of a similar 250 bp unit, arranged in the case of the C gamma 1 gene, in 2-5 kb blocks of alternating orientation. These repeats comp..

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