Immunoglobulin isotype expression of normal pre-B cells as determined by immunofluorescence.

Academic Article


  • We have undertaken an immunofluorescent analysis of the immunoglobulin heavy and light chains expressed by pre-B cells from normal human fetal and adult bone marrow using purified mouse monoclonal and goat antibodies to human immunoglobulin isotypes. Our results indicate that (i) the great majority of normal pre-B cells in both fetuses and adults expresses intracytoplasmic mu chains only, (ii) immunoglobulin light-chain synthesis may be initiated during a late stage in pre-B-cell development, and (iii) heavy-chain isotype switching at the pre-B-cell stage may not occur during normal B-cell development.
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  • Adult, B-Lymphocytes, Bone Marrow, Cell Differentiation, Fetus, Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Humans, Immunoglobulin Allotypes, Immunoglobulin Heavy Chains, Immunoglobulin Light Chains, Immunoglobulin mu-Chains, Leukemia, Lymphoid
  • Author List

  • Kubagawa H; Gathings WE; Levitt D; Kearney JF; Cooper MD
  • Start Page

  • 264
  • End Page

  • 269
  • Volume

  • 2
  • Issue

  • 4