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Somatic variants of the level of expression of a cell surface antigen.


PMID 11892817

Abstract

Somatic variants with constitutive changes in the expression of the cortical thymocyte differentiation antigen HTA 1 were derived from the T-cell leukemia line Molt 4 using monoclonal antibody NA1/34 and the fluorescent activated cell sorter. Cells with the highest and lowest fluorescence were sorted and expanded. After several cycles, high expressor variants, with 10- to 12-fold increased surface HTA 1 and low expressors, with a level of one third relative to the wild-type, were obtained. The stability of the high expressors was improved by cloning. In spite of the large differences in the level of HTA 1 between the various mutants and the wild-type, the expression of HLA-A,B,C or its increase following interferon-alpha stimulation, remained unchanged. Although in HTA 1 there was only a trace of beta2-microglobulin (beta2m) detected by lactoperoxidase labelling of the high expressor variants, significant levels of both beta2m and HTA 1 light chain beta(t) were observed in gels stained with Coomassie blue. The physiological association of beta(t) with HTA 1 was confirmed by the substantial increase of beta(t) which parallels the increase of HTA 1.

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