Multiple class I and class II major histocompatibility complex allospecificities are generated with T cell receptor variable (V) domains created by a single Ti beta V gene family.
Acuto O., Hussey RE., Reinherz EL.
10 alloreactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes using REX Ti beta variable region (V) gene segments in formation of their antigen/major histocompatibility complex (MHC) T3-Ti receptor were selected, cloned, and characterized in an effort to examine the extent of receptor diversity created by this one V gene family. Multiple and distinct class II as well as class I allospecificities were generated from the formation of different Ti beta V domains. Five allospecificities were directed at various class I epitopes whereas the other five were directed at class II MHC gene products. The following conclusions were drawn: (a) Ti beta V genes do not segregate into those that encode class I and those that encode class II allospecificities; and (b) there is no restriction on the Ti beta V gene pool available to T4+ vs. T8+ T lymphocytes.