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Volume 81 , Issue 1 February Pages Related Information. Close Figure Viewer. IgA can be found in a variety of forms monomers, dimers, trimers, tetramers but is most commonly seen as a monomer in serum or as a dimer in external body fluids, such as mucus, tears, and saliva. In passing through specialized epithelial cells to external fluids, it also adds a secretory piece, which increases its resistance to degradation by external enzymes Immunoglobulin isotypes In addition to antigen-binding specificity, variability among immunoglobulin molecules derives from three further sources: allotypes, isotypes, and idiotypes.

Allotypes are dictated by minor amino acid sequence differences in the constant regions of heavy or light chains, which result from slight polymorphisms in the genes encoding these molecules. Allotypic differences typically do not affect the function of P. Isotypes, as already discussed, are determined by more substantial differences in the heavy chain constant regions affecting the functional properties of the immunoglobulins 11 Table 1.

Finally, many antigenic determinants may be bound in more than one way, and thus there may be multiple, structurally distinct, immunoglobulins with the same antigenic specificity. These differences within the antigenbinding domains of immunoglobulins that bind the same antigenic determinants are termed idiotypes. Generation of Antigen Binding Diversity among Immunoglobulins Each immunoglobulin chain, light and heavy, is encoded not by a single gene but by a series of genes occurring in clusters along the chromosome In humans, the series of genes encoding light chains, the series encoding light chains, and the series encoding heavy chains are all located on separate chromosomes.

Within each series, the genes are found in clusters, each containing a set. All of the genes are present in embryonic and germ cells and in cells other than B lymphocytes.

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When a cell becomes committed to the B-lymphocyte lineage, it rearranges the DNA encoding its light and heavy chains 11,12 by clipping out and degrading some of the DNA sequences. Each differentiating B cell chooses either the series or the series but not both. In addition, although both the maternally and paternally derived chromosomes carry these sets of genes, each B cell uses only one of them either paternal or maternal to produce a functional chain, a phenomenon termed allelic exclusion. For the light chains, there are three distinct clusters of genes that contribute to the synthesis of the entire polypeptide: variable genes VL , joining genes JL , and constant genes CL Fig.

In addition, each V gene is preceded by a leader sequence encoding a portion of the polypeptide that is important during the synthetic process but is removed when the molecule becomes functional. The VL and DL genes are used to produce the variable domain of the light chain. Henceforth, that cell and all of its clonal descendants are committed to that particular VLJL combination. Synthesis of immunoglobulin light chains. For heavy chains, there are four distinct clusters of genes involved Fig. As with the light chain genes, each V gene is preceded by a leader sequence L that plays a role during synthesis but is subsequently lost.

Messenger RNA is then transcribed to include both the VHDHJH and constant genes, but unlike for the light chains, the processes involving constant genes are distinctly different in stimulated and unstimulated B lymphocytes.

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Synthesis of immunoglobulin heavy chains. This transcript does not contain the information from the C, C, or C genes. Thus, the surface immunoglobulin of nave unstimulated B cells includes only the IgM and IgD isotypes. This transition is controlled by cytokines secreted by T lymphocytes. As a result of the isotype switch, B-cell subclones are generated that produce an array of immunoglobulins that have identical antigenbinding specificity but different isotypes. The isotype switch. Two additional sources of diversity in the variable antigen-binding regions of light and heavy immunoglobulin chains occur.

First, junctional diversity may result from imprecision in the precise placement of the cutting and splicing that bring V, D, and J genes together; second, somatic mutations may occur and accumulate in successive generations of clonally derived B lymphocytes when they undergo restimulation through later exposures to the same antigenic epitopes 15, T-cell Receptor T lymphocytes T cells do not use immunoglobulins as antigen receptors but rather use a distinct set of genes encoding four polypeptide chains , , , and , each with variable and constant domains, used to form T-cell receptors TCRs 17,18 and The TCR is a heterodimer, either an or a chain combination, which recognizes and binds antigen Fig.

This heterodimer, which is not covalently linked together, is complexed with several other molecules e. Unlike immunoglobulin, which can bind to free antigen alone, TCRs bind only to specific combinations of antigen and certain self cell surface molecules. They are therefore restricted to recognition and binding of antigen on cell surfaces and are unable to bind free antigen. The T-cell receptor. Like immunoglobulin, the TCR chains contain variable and constant domains.

The variable domains are encoded by a series of V, J, and sometimes D and chains only gene clusters that undergo DNA rearrangement, and the constant regions are encoded by constant genes. TCRs do not undergo any changes equivalent to the isotype switch.

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Junctional diversity provides an additional source of variation for the variable domains of and chains but not for the and chains. Somatic mutation, so important in the diversity of immunoglobulins, does not occur in TCRs and is apparently forbidden. Cell Determinant Molecules Several cell surface molecules, the cell determinant CD molecules, indicate the functional capacities of lymphocytes and other cells The most commonly used are those distinguishing Tlymphocyte subsets.

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