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Silencing of the Expression of the Immunoglobulin Kappa Gene in Non-B Cells

Pierce, Jacqueline W. and Gifford, Ann M. and Baltimore, David (1991) Silencing of the Expression of the Immunoglobulin Kappa Gene in Non-B Cells. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 11 (3). pp. 1431-1437. ISSN 0270-7306. PMCID PMC369419. doi:10.1128/mcb.11.3.1431.

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Although the activating factor NF-_K B can be present in the nucleus of many cell types, transcription and rearrangement of the immunoglobulin kappa chain gene is restricted to cells of the B lineage. Part of this specificity is determined by sequences within the major intron of the kappa gene that specifically silence gene expression in non-B cells (T cells and HeLa cells). These sequences are found in a 232-bp fragment located 5' of the NF-K B binding sequence of the enhancer. When this fragment is added back upstream of an active NF-_K B site, it specifically decreases the expression of a linked gene by more than 10-fold in activated T cells but it has no effect on expression in B cells. The kappa silencer region acts in an orientation- and distance-independent manner and appears to be composed of multiple negative elements. The kappa silencer may act to restrict transcription and rearrangement of the C_K locus to cells of the B lineage.

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Additional Information:© 1991 American Society for Microbiology. Received 9 October 1990. Accepted 10 December 1990. We thank Astar Winoto, Mark S. Schlissel, and Ranjan Sen for helpful comments on the manuscript. This work was funded by a Special Fellowship of the Leukemia Society of America to J.W.P., Public Health Service grant GM-39458 to D.B., and Public Health Service grant GM-43874-01 from the National Institutes of Health to Ranjan Sen.
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Official Citation:Silencing of the expression of the immunoglobulin kappa gene in non-B cells. J W Pierce, A M Gifford, D Baltimore Molecular and Cellular Biology Mar 1991, 11 (3) 1431-1437; DOI: 10.1128/MCB.11.3.1431
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