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Analysis of rearranged immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region genes obtained from a bone marrow transplant (BMT) recipient.

Authors
  • Glas, A M1
  • Nottenburg, C
  • Milner, E C
  • 1 Virginia Mason Research Center, Seattle, WA 98101, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical and experimental immunology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1997
Volume
107
Issue
2
Pages
372–380
Identifiers
PMID: 9030878
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been used for the treatment of many different malignant and non-malignant diseases. The immune system of transplant recipients must be regenerated from the transplant inoculum, and it is not surprising that many transplant recipients are deficient in generating specific antibody responses to exogenous stimuli. This B cell immunodeficiency in these patients is associated with clinically significant infections, although the underlying mechanism remains unknown. We have previously shown that the pattern of usage of V(H) genes was similar between healthy subjects and BMT recipients, indicating that the immunodeficiency was not due to a dramatic imbalance in V(H) utilization. However, motif-specific hybridization analysis indicated that the accumulation of somatic mutations was much greater among rearrangements in controls than in BMT recipients. The failure of BMT recipients to accumulate somatic mutations in rearranged V(H) genes correlates with an absence of IgD- B cells, and is consistent with a defect in antigen-driven B cell responses. In the current study, which extends those findings, we have determined the nucleotide sequences of 68 heavy chain rearrangements from one patient as well as 39 rearrangements from a healthy control. Analysis of these sequences made possible a more precise definition of variable region configuration and of the status of somatic mutation in this BMT recipient. The results validate the hybridization data and support the conclusion that, although somatic hypermutation and, by inference, antigen-driven responses are detected in BMT recipients, they are deficient compared with healthy subjects as late as 1 year after transplant.

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