Journal article

Sequencing B cell receptors from ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)

Julius Wong, Celeste M Tai, Aeron C Hurt, Hyon-Xhi Tan, Stephen J Kent, Adam K Wheatley

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

The domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) provides a critical animal model to study human respiratory diseases. However immunological insights are restricted due to a lack of ferret-specific reagents and limited genetic information about ferret B and T cell receptors. Here, variable, diversity and joining genes within the ferret kappa, lambda and heavy chain immunoglobulin loci were annotated using available genomic information. A multiplex PCR approach was derived that facilitated the recovery of paired heavy and light chain immunoglobulin sequences from single sorted ferret B cells, allowing validation of predicted germline gene sequences and the identification of putative novel germline..

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