Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9174594
Eur. J. Immunol. 1997 May;27(5):1069-74
To know whether each newly formed B cell has an equal chance of survival in the organism, we analyzed the composition of the B cell repertoire of extremely limited diversity by generating mu-transgenic kappa-knockout mice. Surprisingly, in both types of mice studied, the B cell repertoire is mainly composed of cells expressing the mu-transgene-encoded chain associated with only one out four available lambda types depending on the mu transgene. Moreover, B cell differentiation cultures in vitro show that newly formed B cells can express the various lambda types regardless of the presence or absence of the mu transgenes. These results show a drastic impact of the heavy chain on the lambda light chain repertoire expressed in the periphery. The overexpression of a unique heavy/light chain pairing therefore results from selective processes. The immature B cells may be positively selected to provide the immunocompetent B cells in the periphery.