Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 15778346
J. Immunol. 2005 Apr;174(7):3912-9
Analyses of Vgamma-Jgamma rearrangements producing the most commonly expressed TCRgamma chains in over 200 gammadelta TCR(+) thymocytes showed that assembly of TCRgamma V-region genes display properties of allelic exclusion. Moreover, introduction of functionally rearranged TCRgamma and delta transgenes results in a profound inhibition of endogenous TCRgamma rearrangements in progenitor cells. The extent of TCRgamma rearrangements in these cells is best explained by a model in which initiation of TCRgamma rearrangements at both alleles is asymmetric, occurs at different frequencies depending on the V or J segments involved, and is terminated upon production of a functional gammadelta TCR. Approximately 10% of the cells studied contained two functional TCRgamma chains involving different V and Jgamma gene segments, thus defining a certain degree of isotypic inclusion. However, these cells are isotypically excluded at the level of cell surface expression possibly due to pairing restrictions between different TCRgamma and delta chains.