Organization and expression of genes encoding iga heavy chain, polymeric ig receptor, and j chain

Katherine L. Knight, Kijong Rhee

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This chapter discusses the structure and expression of the genes encoding IgA heavy chains, polymeric Ig receptors, and J chains. The chapter also compares and contrasts the IgA genes of various species. A secretory immune system is present in most of the mammals, including primitive mammals such as insectivores, monotremes, and marsupials. Genes encoding IgA heavy chains have been cloned from several mammals including-man, mouse, rat, rabbit, pig, horse, and cattle. These cloned Cα genes are highly similar to each other and can be used as probes to clone Cα genes of other mammals. In contrast to mammalian Cα genes, which encode three domains, the chicken Cα gene encodes a heavy chain with four domains. Most mammalian species have one or two IgA isotypes expressed in secretions, but rabbits have at least 11 IgA isotypes. Genes encoding pIgR are cloned from rabbit, human, mouse, cattle, rat, and possum, whereas J chain genes have been cloned from mouse, human, cattle, chicken, possum, bullfrog, clawed toad, turtle, shark, and earthworm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMucosal Immunology, Two-Volume Set
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages183-194
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780124915435
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1

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Polymeric Immunoglobulin Receptors
Gene Expression
Immunoglobulin A
Genes
Mammals
Rabbits
Chickens
Sharks
Rana catesbeiana
Marsupialia
Oligochaeta
Turtles
Anura
Horses
Immune System
Swine
Clone Cells

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  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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Knight, Katherine L. ; Rhee, Kijong. / Organization and expression of genes encoding iga heavy chain, polymeric ig receptor, and j chain. Mucosal Immunology, Two-Volume Set. Elsevier Inc., 2005. pp. 183-194
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