Surface expression of only γδ and/or αβ T cell receptor heterodimers by cells with four (α, β, γ, δ) functional receptor chains

Takashi Saito, Frans Hochstenbach, Suzana Marusic-Galesic, Ada M. Kruisbeekj, Michael Brenner, Ronald N. Germain

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Abstract

Surface expression of TCR dimers by cells synthetizing three or four distinct types of receptor chains was analyzed. Cells containing intact γ, α, and β chains had only γδ dimers on the cell surface. In human PEER cells, addition of a functional α chain led to the loss of γδ dimer expression and expression of only αβ dimers. This result was not due to transcriptional down-regulation of the γ or δ loci. In murine cells expressing all four chains, both γδ and αβ dimers could be demonstrated on a single cell. No other chain combinations (αγ, αδ, βγ, βδ) were detected. Thus, there is stringent control of assembly and/or transport of TCR heterodimers, such that functional receptors consist only of αβ and γδ pairs, and no additional repertoire diversity is generated by cross pairing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1020
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Volume168
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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