Handbook of Vertebrate Immunology by Paul-Pierre Pastoret, Philip Griebel, Hervé Bazin, André

By Paul-Pierre Pastoret, Philip Griebel, Hervé Bazin, André Govaerts

This designated booklet offers a entire and comparative advisor to the immune structures of significant vertebrate species, together with household and wild animals of veterinary or clinical curiosity, fish and amphibia. info during this crucial reference paintings has been compiled by way of world-renowned editors and a global crew of authors. for every species, the data is gifted in a dependent hassle-free structure permitting effortless go reference and comparability among some of the species.

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Two teleost species have been studied thoroughly for their VH repert o i r e - rainbow trout and channel catfish. These species, which represent two different branches on the phylogenetic tree, have more than 100 VH genes each in their genome. VH genes are generally grouped into families based on the similarities between their sequences, and at least 80% nucleotide identity must be shared between two VH gene segments to belong to the same family. A high number of families indicates variability between the V segments.

Burgeri Pacific hagfish Petromyzon marinus Sea lamprey Callorhinchus callorhincus Ratfish Immunoglobulin structure Genes Raison et al. (1978a,b), Kobayashi et al. (1985a), Hanley et al. (1990), Varner et al. (1991), Fujii et aL (1992) Boffa et al. (1967), Marchalonis and Edelman (1968) Sanchez et al. (1980), Garrido and De Ioannes (1981 ), De Ioannes and Aguila (1989) Rast et al. (1994) Hydrolagus collei Ch lam ydoselach us anguineus Antibody activity Frill shark Kobayashi et al. (1992) Litman et aL (1980a,b, Litman et aL (1985a,b), 1982, 1992), M&kel& and Hinds and Litman (1986), Litman (1980) Kokubu et al.

A 45-50 kDa Hchain is antigenically different from the 68 kDa Ft-chain and the two chains are produced by different plasma cells. Recently, PCR has been used to detect two non-IgM isotypes in sharks. In nurse shark, these isotypes are called IgNAR and IgNARC, the latter of which appears to correspond to IgW in the sandbar shark. Whether IgNAR is, in a strict sense, an Ig is debatable since it lacks light chains, although the molecule expresses different Vdomains and is rearranged and diversified in a conventional manner.

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