Expression of immunoglobulin heavy chain at a high level in the absence of a proposed immunoglobulin enhancer element in cis

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  • The major intron between the J and C gene segments of the immunoglobulin heavy (H) chain locus contains an enhancer-like sequence, and it has been proposed that this enhancer is necessary to achieve high levels of H chain expression. We have isolated a subclone of the lymphoid pre-B cell line 18-81 that lacks this enhancer but nevertheless produces μ chain at the level characteristic of pre-B cells. Another subclone with a larger deletion does not produce μ chain, but upon fusion with a myeloma that does not produce any immunoglobulin chain, μ chain is expressed by the homolog from the pre-B sublcone. The hybridoma lacks the proposed enhancer element in cis; nevertheless it produces as much μ chain as other plasma cell hybridomas. Therefore, this enhancer element is not obligatory for a high level of H chain production.
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  • Wabl MR; Burrows PD
  • Start Page

  • 2452
  • End Page

  • 2455
  • Volume

  • 81
  • Issue

  • 8 I