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Elucidate

To explain something. Make something clear.

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What is the difference between heavy and light chains?

Heavy chains have V, D and J regions, while light chains only have V and J regions

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Nascent

Just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential

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What are the two Ig Light chains?

K (kappa) or lambda chains

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CDR3

Complementarity-Determining region 3, Hypervariable. Junctional region between the V and D segments as well as the sequences of the D and J themselves. Occurs as a results of junctional diversity.

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What chains lack D regions, including TCRs?

Ig Light chains and TCR alpha and gamma

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What chains have D regions, including TCRs?

Ig heavy chains, TCR beta and sigma

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RSS (Location, Components, )

Recombination signal sequences. located 3' of each V gene, 5' of every J segment, flanks every side of D segment. Contains a heptamer (CCAGTG), a spacer 12 or 23 non conserved nucleotides (correspond to 1-2 turns of the DNA helix, and a highly conserved AT rich stretch o 9 nucleotide spacers.

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The 12/23 Rule

The phenomenon that recombination only occurs between two segments only if one of the segments is flanked by a 12-nucleotide spacer and the other is flanked by a 23-nucleotide spacer.

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Why can't V to J recombination occur in heavy chains?

Because V chains and J chains are both flanked by 23 nucleotide spacers, which would be a direct violation of the 12/23 rule

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What are the four distinct events of VDJ recombination?

1) Synapsis ( looping of segments and their two flanking regions) 2) Cleavage (Double stranded breaks produced by RAG-1/2) 3) Hairpin opening and end processing (Artemis opens the hairpins at coding ends; TdT adds base to broken DNA ends 4) Joining (via nonhomologous end joining; Ku70, Ku80, DNA-PK, DNA ligase IV and XRCC4)

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VDJ Recombinase

Complex made up of RAG-1 and RAG-2. (Recombination-activating gene 1) RAG-1 recognizes the DNA sequence at the junction between a heptamer and a coding segment and cleaves it, but is only active in the presence of RAG-2

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Artemis

an endonuclease that opens up the hairpins at the coding ends.

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Endonuclease

an enzyme that cuts DNA at or near a specific recognition nucleotide sequences known as restriction sites.

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TdT

Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase. Adds bases to broken DNA ends.

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Ku70 and Ku80

DNA end-binding proteins that binds to the breaks and recruit the catalytic subunit of DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK)

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DNA-PK

Double stranded DNA repair enzyme

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What two compounds are used to ligate processed broken ends?

DNA Ligase IV and XRCC4

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Combinatorial Diversity

VDJ rearrangement brings together multiple germ line gene segments that may combine randomly, and different combination produce different antigen receptors

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Junctional Diversity

Diversity generated by the addition or removal of nucleotides at the junctions of the V and D, D and J, or V and J segments.

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