Biosynthetically labelled Qa-2 antigens were isolated from mouse spleen cells by immunoprecipitation with anti-Qa-2 antisera. When newly synthesized Qa-2 molecules from several different inbred strains were analysed by two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis; four different phenotypes were observed that differed in the number of polypeptides present. The ability to distinguish Qa-2+ phenotypes was used to map the recombination points in two congenic strains, B6.Tlaa and A.Tlab. No alternative Qa-2-like polypeptides were detected in B6.K1 (Qa-2-) cells using a polyspecific rabbit antiserum against mouse class I antigens, but a new molecule was detected in BALB/cBy (Qa-2-) cells. Pulse-chase and surface-labelling experiments showed that some, but not all, of the newly synthesized Qa-2 precursor forms are processed to mature cell surface molecules.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Immunogenetics|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1987|
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