Lawrence Steinman

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  • Selection of hprt mutant T cells as surrogates for dividing cells reveals a restricted T cell receptor BV repertoire in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY Falta, M. T., Magin, G. K., Allegretta, M., Steinman, L., Atkinson, M. A., Brostoff, S. W., Albertini, R. J. 1999; 90 (3): 340-351


    T cells with somatically acquired mutations in the hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (hprt) gene were isolated from patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) as representatives of populations potentially enriched for in vivo activated T cells. TCRB gene V region usage among mutant isolates from individual IDDM patients, but not from normal controls, showed a pronounced preference for BV14 and, to a lesser extent, BV6. Wild-type (nonmutant) isolates did not show such preferences. Extensive in vivo clonal expansions of the BV14 expressing mutant T cells from IDDM patients were revealed by sequence identity of TCRB chain junctional regions. These data support restricted TCRB gene usage in T cell populations enriched for in vivo activated clones in patients with IDDM.

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