Journal article

Sheep CD4( ) alpha beta T cells express novel members of the T19 multigene family

MA O'Keeffe, SA Metcalfe, CP Cunningham, ID Walker

IMMUNOGENETICS | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1999

Abstract

The sheep T19 multigene family contains at least 50 genes which are thought to be expressed exclusively on gammadelta T cells. The archetypal T19 molecule (represented by a full-length cattle cDNA clone termed WC1) is thought to have a relative molecular mass of about 220 000 and to contain 11 scavenger receptor cysteine rich (SRCR) repeats and a long cytoplasmic tail. In this study, purified CD4(+) and gammadeltaTCR+ sheep lymphocytes were examined by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction for the expression of T19 molecules. As expected, gammadelta T cells were found to express T19 molecules which closely resembled the archetypal form. However, CD4(+) alphabeta T cells were found ..

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