Vkappa polymorphisms in NOD mice are spread throughout the entire immunoglobulin kappa locus and are shared by other autoimmune strains.

Henry RA, Kendall PL, Woodward EJ, Hulbert C, Thomas JW
Immunogenetics. 2010 62 (8): 507-20

PMID: 20556377 · PMCID: PMC2970566 · DOI:10.1007/s00251-010-0457-9

The diversity of immunoglobulin (Ig) and T cell receptor (TCR) genes available to form the lymphocyte repertoire has the capacity to produce a broad array of both protective and harmful specificities. In type 1 diabetes (T1D), the presence of antibodies to insulin and other islet antigens predicts disease development in both mice and humans, and demonstrate that immune tolerance is lost early in the disease process. Anti-insulin T cells isolated from T1D-prone non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice use polymorphic TCRalpha chains, suggesting that the available T cell repertoire is altered in these autoimmune mice. To probe whether insulin-binding B cells also possess polymorphic V genes, Ig light chains were isolated and sequenced from NOD mice that harbor an Ig heavy chain transgene. Three insulin-binding Vkappa genes were identified, all of which were polymorphic to the closest germline sequence matches present in the GenBank database. Additional analysis of over 300 light chain sequences from multiple sources, including germline DNA, shows that polymorphisms are spread throughout the entire NOD Igkappa locus, as these polymorphic sequences represent 43 distinct Vkappa genes which belong to 14 Vkappa families. Database searches reveal that a majority of polymorphic Vkappa genes identified in NOD are identical to Vkappa genes isolated from SLE-prone NZBxNZW F1 or MRL strains of mice, suggesting that a shared Igkappa haplotype may be present. Predicted amino acid changes preferentially occur in CDR, and thus could alter antigen recognition by the germline B cell repertoire of autoimmune versus non-autoimmune mouse strains.

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Amino Acid Substitution Animals Autoimmunity B-Lymphocytes Base Sequence Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 DNA Primers Genes, Immunoglobulin Heavy Chain Genes, Immunoglobulin Light Chain Immunoglobulin kappa-Chains Immunoglobulin Variable Region Insulin Mice Mice, Inbred NOD Mice, Transgenic Molecular Sequence Data Polymorphism, Genetic Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid Species Specificity T-Lymphocytes

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