Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 8105987
The immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain variable (VH) gene complexity and the VH gene utilisation pattern of the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse were investigated. We found that the NOD mouse displays a VH gene complexity which appears to be identical to that of the C57BL/6 mouse. Thus, Southern hybridisation using probes specific for 9 of the murine VH gene families revealed identical restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) patterns in both mouse strains. As indicated by immunofluorescence analysis using allotype specific monoclonal antibodies the NOD mice were also found to carry the IgCH-1b allele. Collectively, these data suggest that the NOD mice carry an IgVH locus identical to that carried by C57BL/6. In contrast to the apparent identity at the level of germline VH gene repertoires, the pattern of VH gene utilisation differed considerably between these two mouse strains. Thus, in NOD mice the neonatal preference of D-proximal VH genes was found to be more pronounced than in C57BL/6 mice. Moreover, in contrast to adult C57BL/6 mice a D-proximal bias was evident also in adult NOD mice. On the basis of these findings we discuss the possibility that the distorted development of B cell repertoires in the NOD mouse could be directly or indirectly related to the T cell mediated, autoimmune process in the NOD mouse.