The sites of meiotic recombination in the class II region of the mouse major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are clustered at hotspots. To search for hotspots in the class III region, we mapped combiantional break-points of 79 Ab: H2-D recombinants with 11 DNA markers; these included Tnx, the gene for an extracellular matrix protein, tenascin X, the Notch-related Int3 gene, and a microsatellite marker, D17Mit13, none of which had previously been mapped precisely. The results gave the gene order Eb-61.11-Int3-Tnx-Cyp21/C4-Bf-Hsp68c-D17Mit13-Tnfa/Tnfb-D. The crossover sites in 40 of the 79 recombinants were cofiend within the Eb/Int3:Tnx/Cyp21 interval. The result demonstrated that an unequal distribution of recombination is a general feature of the mouse MHC, suggesting the presence of a recombinational hotsopt within the Int3:Tnx interval.
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