Hierarchy in the assembly of HLA-B27 and HLA-Cw3 molecules in transgenic mice

Susana Pedrinaci, Julie Hanson, Chella David

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Cell surface expression of human class I molecules in transgenic mice is dependent upon the available pool of β2-microglobulin (β2m) and the affinity between mouse β2m and human class I molecules. HLA-B27 and HLA-Cw3 transgenes can be expressed in mouse strains of the H-2 haplotypes b,f,k, and s which encode two endogenous class I genes mapping to H-2K and H-2D. The human class I genes cannot be expressed on H-2dand H-2qhaplotypes which encode three endogenous class I molecules (K,D,L). This suggests that there may be only enough mouse β2m molecules to support three class I molecules. When both the HLA-B27 and HLA-Cw3 genes are introduced into H-2bmice, only HLA-Cw3 reaches the cell surface. This suggests that HLA-Cw3 has a higher affinity than HLA-B27 for mouse β2m. The possible implications of our findings regarding the assembly, transport, and expression of class I MHC molecules in vivo are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Genetics


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