Studies on allotype-linked immune response genes and related genes are overviewed with particular attention to our current results in unique models. Significance of actions of various immune response genes in relation to allelic polymorphism of molecules in the immune system is discussed. The molecules involve immunoglobulins, T cell receptors, major histocompatibility complex and a number of cell interaction molecules, many of which belong to the immunoglobulin superfamily. Differential roles of V-linked and C-linked immune response genes for network control of the immune system, preparing the V structure repertoire, controlling antigen presentation and modulating the effector mechanism, are suggested.
|Number of pages
|Experimental and Clinical Immunogenetics
|Published - 01-12-1991
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