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Ann. Inst. Pasteur Immunol. 1985 Jan-Feb;136C(1):143-56
The GAT repertoire expressed at the different levels of the classical idiotypic cascade Ag—-Ab1—-Ab2—-Ab3 has been analysed by direct nucleotide sequencing of H- and L-enriched mRNA. Ab1 and Ab3 expressing the major public idiotypes used similar, if not identical, VH and VK genes. The VH Ab3 of the Ab1 type (Ab1′) appeared highly conserved. Ab2 also use a small number of germ-line genes. The D region of Ab2 is of particular interest since it contains either a Tyr-Tyr-Glu or a Glu-Glu-Tyr sequence, characteristic of the GAT major determinants. It is therefore suggested that this D region contains the internal image of the antigen. A large number of VH germ-line genes have been isolated and sequenced. They all pertain to the VH-II family, which contains a large number of members, some of them being very close in sequence.