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    Janet Stavnezer PhD

    TitleProfessor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
    Phone508-856-4100
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      DepartmentCenter for AIDS Research

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        PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1971

        Janet Stavnezer, PhD

        Mechanism and Regulation of Antibody Class Switch Recombination

        B cells respond to immunization or infection by diversifying the antibodies they produce through two processes: antibody class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation of their antigen-binding regions. Switch recombination causes a change in antibody class expression from IgM to IgG, IgA or IgE, resulting in an increased ability of the antibody to remove the pathogen. Somatic hypermutation, in conjunction with B cell selection, results in increases in the antigen binding ability of the antibody.

        Both class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation are initiated by the enzyme activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID), acting on the antibody genes. After AID acts, two different DNA repair pathways (base excision repair and mismatch repair) begin to attempt to repair the resulting dU bases. However, instead of accurately repairing the lesions, these repair processes result in the introduction of DNA breaks and mutations that lead to class switch recombination and mutation of the variable region genes. The figure below diagrams the process of class switch recombination.

        The AID enzyme is highly induced in activated B cells, including germinal center B cells, and only occasionally found in other cell types, and sometimes in tumor cells. Although essential for a proper immune response, it is also dangerous as it occasionally targets non-Ig genes. We have performed a genomics search to attempt to identify genes targeted by AID, as evidenced by the presence of DNA double-strand breaks. We have identified reproducible AID-dependent DNA breaks that occur at several genomic sites. We are investigating whether these sites might be important for generation of B cell lymphomas, as it is known that translocations between S regions and oncogenes occur in activated B cells, and that this can lead to B cell lymphoma. We are currently investigating several aspects of these findings, for example, how AID is normally properly targeted to S regions, and how the DNA breaks introduced in S regions are normally properly shepherded toward class switch recombination.

        Another project is to investigate why the C terminal 10 amino acids of AID are required for CSR but not for SHM. Our initial results have been published (Ranjit et al, 2011), and we are continuing to investigate the hypothesis that the C terminus recruits proteins involved in recombination of DNA breaks.

        Diagram of Class Switch Recombination (CSR)

        Diagram of Class Switch Recombination (CSR)

        Top line shows Ig heavy chain genes in a B cell that expresses IgM and IgD (by alternative RNA processing). CSR occurs after AID deaminates dC residues within S regions that are transcriptionally active. RNA transcripts from the unrearranged heavy chain genes are called germline transcripts.

        Middle line illustrates the intrachromosomal deletional recombination between two switch (S) regions during CSR from IgM to IgE. The DNA in between Sm and Se is excised from the chromosome as a circle.

        Bottom line illustrates the chromosome after CSR showing that the identical VH region originally expressed with the Cmgene is now expressed with Ce gene in cells expressing IgE.



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        Role of AID during antibody class switch recombination

        AID initiates both antibody class switching and also mutation of the antibody variable regions (SHM) in activated B cells.   However, these two processes do not appear to occur in the same activated B cell at the same time.The C terminal 10 amino acids of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is essential for antibody class switch recombination (CSR), although this part of the enzyme does not contain the deaminase catalytic domain.One project is to investigate the role of this domain. 

        This project involves preparation of recombinant retroviruses, transduction of splenic B cells with the recombinant retroviruses, and assaying the results by FACS and by chromatin immunoprecipitation.



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        1. Hasham MG, Snow KJ, Donghia NM, Branca JA, Lessard MD, Stavnezer J, Shopland LS, Mills KD. Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase-Initiated Off-Target DNA Breaks Are Detected and Resolved during S Phase. J Immunol. 2012 Sep 1; 189(5):2374-82.
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        2. Ucher AJ, Linehan EK, Teebor GW, Schrader CE, Stavnezer J. The DNA glycosylases ogg1 and nth1 do not contribute to Ig class switching in activated mouse splenic B cells. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e36061.
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        3. Ranjit S, Khair L, Linehan EK, Ucher AJ, Chakrabarti M, Schrader CE, Stavnezer J. AID Binds Cooperatively with UNG and Msh2-Msh6 to Ig Switch Regions Dependent upon the AID C Terminus. J Immunol. 2011 Sep 1; 187(5):2464-75.
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        4. Lund F, Stavnezer J. Editorial overview. Curr Opin Immunol. 2011 Jun; 23(3):307-9.
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        5. Stavnezer J. Complex regulation and function of activation-induced cytidine deaminase. Trends Immunol. 2011 May; 32(5):194-201.
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        6. Staszewski O, Baker RE, Ucher AJ, Martier R, Stavnezer J, Guikema JE. Activation-induced cytidine deaminase induces reproducible DNA breaks at many non-Ig Loci in activated B cells. Mol Cell. 2011 Jan 21; 41(2):232-42.
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        7. Guikema JE, Schrader CE, Brodsky MH, Linehan EK, Richards A, El Falaky N, Li DH, Sluss HK, Szomolanyi-Tsuda E, Stavnezer J. p53 represses class switch recombination to IgG2a through its antioxidant function. J Immunol. 2010 Jun 1; 184(11):6177-87.
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        8. Guikema JE, Stavnezer J, Schrader CE. The role of Apex2 in class-switch recombination of immunoglobulin genes. Int Immunol. 2010 Mar; 22(3):213; author reply 213-4.
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        9. Stavnezer J, Björkman A, Du L, Cagigi A, Pan-Hammarström Q. Mapping of switch recombination junctions, a tool for studying DNA repair pathways during immunoglobulin class switching. Adv Immunol. 2010; 108:45-109.
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        10. Eccleston J, Schrader CE, Yuan K, Stavnezer J, Selsing E. Class switch recombination efficiency and junction microhomology patterns in Msh2-, Mlh1-, and Exo1-deficient mice depend on the presence of mu switch region tandem repeats. J Immunol. 2009 Jul 15; 183(2):1222-8.
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        11. Schrader CE, Guikema JE, Wu X, Stavnezer J. The roles of APE1, APE2, DNA polymerase beta and mismatch repair in creating S region DNA breaks during antibody class switch. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009 Mar 12; 364(1517):645-52.
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        12. Stavnezer J, Kang J. The surprising discovery that TGF beta specifically induces the IgA class switch. J Immunol. 2009 Jan 1; 182(1):5-7.
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        13. Guikema JE, Schrader CE, Leus NG, Ucher A, Linehan EK, Werling U, Edelmann W, Stavnezer J. Reassessment of the role of Mut S homolog 5 in Ig class switch recombination shows lack of involvement in cis- and trans-switching. J Immunol. 2008 Dec 15; 181(12):8450-9.
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        14. Stavnezer J, Guikema JE, Schrader CE. Mechanism and regulation of class switch recombination. Annu Rev Immunol. 2008; 26:261-92.
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        15. Guikema JE, Linehan EK, Tsuchimoto D, Nakabeppu Y, Strauss PR, Stavnezer J, Schrader CE. APE1- and APE2-dependent DNA breaks in immunoglobulin class switch recombination. J Exp Med. 2007 Nov 26; 204(12):3017-26.
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        16. Schrader CE, Guikema JE, Linehan EK, Selsing E, Stavnezer J. Activation-induced cytidine deaminase-dependent DNA breaks in class switch recombination occur during G1 phase of the cell cycle and depend upon mismatch repair. J Immunol. 2007 Nov 1; 179(9):6064-71.
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        17. Wu X, Stavnezer J. DNA polymerase beta is able to repair breaks in switch regions and plays an inhibitory role during immunoglobulin class switch recombination. J Exp Med. 2007 Jul 9; 204(7):1677-89.
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        18. Kaminski DA, Stavnezer J. Antibody class switching differs among SJL, C57BL/6 and 129 mice. Int Immunol. 2007 Apr; 19(4):545-56.
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        19. Kaminski DA, Stavnezer J. Stimuli that enhance IgA class switching increase histone 3 acetylation at S alpha, but poorly stimulate sequential switching from IgG2b. Eur J Immunol. 2007 Jan; 37(1):240-51.
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        20. Kaminski DA, Stavnezer J. Enhanced IgA class switching in marginal zone and B1 B cells relative to follicular/B2 B cells. J Immunol. 2006 Nov 1; 177(9):6025-9.
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        21. Bradley SP, Kaminski DA, Peters AH, Jenuwein T, Stavnezer J. The histone methyltransferase Suv39h1 increases class switch recombination specifically to IgA. J Immunol. 2006 Jul 15; 177(2):1179-88.
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        22. Stavnezer J, Schrader CE. Mismatch repair converts AID-instigated nicks to double-strand breaks for antibody class-switch recombination. Trends Genet. 2006 Jan; 22(1):23-8.
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        23. Schrader CE, Linehan EK, Mochegova SN, Woodland RT, Stavnezer J. Inducible DNA breaks in Ig S regions are dependent on AID and UNG. J Exp Med. 2005 Aug 15; 202(4):561-8.
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        24. Min IM, Rothlein LR, Schrader CE, Stavnezer J, Selsing E. Shifts in targeting of class switch recombination sites in mice that lack mu switch region tandem repeats or Msh2. J Exp Med. 2005 Jun 20; 201(12):1885-90.
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        25. Park SR, Seo GY, Choi AJ, Stavnezer J, Kim PH. Analysis of transforming growth factor-beta1-induced Ig germ-line gamma2b transcription and its implication for IgA isotype switching. Eur J Immunol. 2005 Mar; 35(3):946-56.
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        26. Stavnezer J, Amemiya CT. Evolution of isotype switching. Semin Immunol. 2004 Aug; 16(4):257-75.
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        27. Kaminski DA, Stavnezer J. Antibody class switching: uncoupling S region accessibility from transcription. Trends Genet. 2004 Aug; 20(8):337-40.
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        28. Schrader CE, Vardo J, Linehan E, Twarog MZ, Niedernhofer LJ, Hoeijmakers JH, Stavnezer J. Deletion of the nucleotide excision repair gene Ercc1 reduces immunoglobulin class switching and alters mutations near switch recombination junctions. J Exp Med. 2004 Aug 2; 200(3):321-30.
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        29. Schrader CE, Bradley SP, Vardo J, Mochegova SN, Flanagan E, Stavnezer J. Mutations occur in the Ig Smu region but rarely in Sgamma regions prior to class switch recombination. EMBO J. 2003 Nov 3; 22(21):5893-903.
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        30. Min IM, Schrader CE, Vardo J, Luby TM, D'Avirro N, Stavnezer J, Selsing E. The Smu tandem repeat region is critical for Ig isotype switching in the absence of Msh2. Immunity. 2003 Oct; 19(4):515-24.
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        31. Schrader CE, Vardo J, Stavnezer J. Mlh1 can function in antibody class switch recombination independently of Msh2. J Exp Med. 2003 May 19; 197(10):1377-83.
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        32. Stavnezer J, Bradley SP. Does activation-induced deaminase initiate antibody diversification by DNA deamination? Trends Genet. 2002 Nov; 18(11):541-3.
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        33. Storb U, Stavnezer J. Immunoglobulin genes: generating diversity with AID and UNG. Curr Biol. 2002 Oct 29; 12(21):R725-7.
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        34. Drouin EE, Schrader CE, Stavnezer J, Hansen U. The ubiquitously expressed DNA-binding protein late SV40 factor binds Ig switch regions and represses class switching to IgA. J Immunol. 2002 Mar 15; 168(6):2847-56.
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        35. Schrader CE, Vardo J, Stavnezer J. Role for mismatch repair proteins Msh2, Mlh1, and Pms2 in immunoglobulin class switching shown by sequence analysis of recombination junctions. J Exp Med. 2002 Feb 4; 195(3):367-73.
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        36. Mao CS, Stavnezer J. Differential regulation of mouse germline Ig gamma 1 and epsilon promoters by IL-4 and CD40. J Immunol. 2001 Aug 1; 167(3):1522-34.
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        37. Shi MJ, Park SR, Kim PH, Stavnezer J. Roles of Ets proteins, NF-kappa B and nocodazole in regulating induction of transcription of mouse germline Ig alpha RNA by transforming growth factor-beta 1. Int Immunol. 2001 Jun; 13(6):733-46.
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        38. Luby TM, Schrader CE, Stavnezer J, Selsing E. The mu switch region tandem repeats are important, but not required, for antibody class switch recombination. J Exp Med. 2001 Jan 15; 193(2):159-68.
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        39. Shen CH, Stavnezer J. Activation of the mouse Ig germline epsilon promoter by IL-4 is dependent on AP-1 transcription factors. J Immunol. 2001 Jan 1; 166(1):411-23.
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        40. Stavnezer J. Immunology. A touch of antibody class. Science. 2000 May 12; 288(5468):984-5.
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        41. Shanmugam A, Shi MJ, Yauch L, Stavnezer J, Kenter AL. Evidence for class-specific factors in immunoglobulin isotype switching. J Exp Med. 2000 Apr 17; 191(8):1365-80.
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        42. Pan Q, Petit-Frére C, Stavnezer J, Hammarström L. Regulation of the promoter for human immunoglobulin gamma3 germ-line transcription and its interaction with the 3'alpha enhancer. Eur J Immunol. 2000 Apr; 30(4):1019-29.
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        43. Stavnezer J. Molecular processes that regulate class switching. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2000; 245(2):127-68.
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        44. Hanai J, Chen LF, Kanno T, Ohtani-Fujita N, Kim WY, Guo WH, Imamura T, Ishidou Y, Fukuchi M, Shi MJ, Stavnezer J, Kawabata M, Miyazono K, Ito Y. Interaction and functional cooperation of PEBP2/CBF with Smads. Synergistic induction of the immunoglobulin germline Calpha promoter. J Biol Chem. 1999 Oct 29; 274(44):31577-82.
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        45. Stavnezer J, Bradley SP, Rousseau N, Pearson T, Shanmugam A, Waite DJ, Rogers PR, Kenter AL. Switch recombination in a transfected plasmid occurs preferentially in a B cell line that undergoes switch recombination of its chromosomal Ig heavy chain genes. J Immunol. 1999 Aug 15; 163(4):2028-40.
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        46. Schrader CE, Edelmann W, Kucherlapati R, Stavnezer J. Reduced isotype switching in splenic B cells from mice deficient in mismatch repair enzymes. J Exp Med. 1999 Aug 2; 190(3):323-30.
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        47. Qiu G, Harriman GR, Stavnezer J. Ialpha exon-replacement mice synthesize a spliced HPRT-C(alpha) transcript which may explain their ability to switch to IgA. Inhibition of switching to IgG in these mice. Int Immunol. 1999 Jan; 11(1):37-46.
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        48. Shi MJ, Stavnezer J. CBF alpha3 (AML2) is induced by TGF-beta1 to bind and activate the mouse germline Ig alpha promoter. J Immunol. 1998 Dec 15; 161(12):6751-60.
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        49. Qiu G, Stavnezer J. Overexpression of BSAP/Pax-5 inhibits switching to IgA and enhances switching to IgE in the I.29 mu B cell line. J Immunol. 1998 Sep 15; 161(6):2906-18.
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        50. Lin SC, Wortis HH, Stavnezer J. The ability of CD40L, but not lipopolysaccharide, to initiate immunoglobulin switching to immunoglobulin G1 is explained by differential induction of NF-kappaB/Rel proteins. Mol Cell Biol. 1998 Sep; 18(9):5523-32.
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        51. Shen CH, Stavnezer J. Interaction of stat6 and NF-kappaB: direct association and synergistic activation of interleukin-4-induced transcription. Mol Cell Biol. 1998 Jun; 18(6):3395-404.
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        52. Iciek LA, Delphin SA, Stavnezer J. CD40 cross-linking induces Ig epsilon germline transcripts in B cells via activation of NF-kappaB: synergy with IL-4 induction. J Immunol. 1997 May 15; 158(10):4769-79.
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        53. Schrader CE, Stavnezer J, Kikutani H, Parker DC. Cognate T cell help for CD40-deficient B cells induces c-myc RNA expression, but DNA synthesis requires an additional signal through surface Ig. J Immunol. 1997 Jan 1; 158(1):153-62.
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        54. Lin SC, Stavnezer J. Activation of NF-kappaB/Rel by CD40 engagement induces the mouse germ line immunoglobulin Cgamma1 promoter. Mol Cell Biol. 1996 Sep; 16(9):4591-603.
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        55. Stavnezer J. Immunoglobulin class switching. Curr Opin Immunol. 1996 Apr; 8(2):199-205.
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        56. Pal A, Romain PL, Singer NG, Fox D, Stavnezer J. Mouse CD6: sequence of cDNA and expression of mRNA. Immunol Lett. 1996 Jan; 49(1-2):133-7.
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        57. Stavnezer J. Antibody class switching. Adv Immunol. 1996; 61:79-146.
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        58. Delphin S, Stavnezer J. Regulation of antibody class switching to IgE: characterization of an IL-4-responsive region in the immunoglobulin heavy-chain germline epsilon promoter. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1995 Sep 29; 764:123-35.
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        59. Stavnezer J. Regulation of antibody production and class switching by TGF-beta. J Immunol. 1995 Aug 15; 155(4):1647-51.
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        60. Lundgren M, Ström L, Bergquist LO, Skog S, Heiden T, Stavnezer J, Severinson E. Cell cycle regulation of immunoglobulin class switch recombination and germ-line transcription: potential role of Ets family members. Eur J Immunol. 1995 Jul; 25(7):2042-51.
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        61. Delphin S, Stavnezer J. Characterization of an interleukin 4 (IL-4) responsive region in the immunoglobulin heavy chain germline epsilon promoter: regulation by NF-IL-4, a C/EBP family member and NF-kappa B/p50. J Exp Med. 1995 Jan 1; 181(1):181-92.
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        62. Lundgren M, Larsson C, Femino A, Xu M, Stavnezer J, Severinson E. Activation of the Ig germ-line gamma 1 promoter. Involvement of C/enhancer-binding protein transcription factors and their possible interaction with an NF-IL-4 site. J Immunol. 1994 Oct 1; 153(7):2983-95.
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        63. Shockett P, Stavnezer J. Inhibitors of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase increase antibody class switching. J Immunol. 1993 Dec 15; 151(12):6962-76.
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        64. Lin YC, Stavnezer J. Regulation of transcription of the germ-line Ig alpha constant region gene by an ATF element and by novel transforming growth factor-beta 1-responsive elements. J Immunol. 1992 Nov 1; 149(9):2914-25.
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        65. Dunnick W, Elenich L, Berry J, Albrecht D, Stavnezer J, Claflin JL. Regulation of switch recombination to the murine gamma 1 gene. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 1992; 182:143-7.
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        66. Lin YC, Shockett P, Stavnezer J. Regulation of transcription of the germline immunoglobulin alpha constant region gene. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 1992; 182:157-65.
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        67. Xu MZ, Stavnezer J. Regulation of transcription of immunoglobulin germ-line gamma 1 RNA: analysis of the promoter/enhancer. EMBO J. 1992 Jan; 11(1):145-55.
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        68. Shockett P, Stavnezer J. Effect of cytokines on switching to IgA and alpha germline transcripts in the B lymphoma I.29 mu. Transforming growth factor-beta activates transcription of the unrearranged C alpha gene. J Immunol. 1991 Dec 15; 147(12):4374-83.
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        69. Stavnezer J. Triple helix stabilization? Nature. 1991 Jun 6; 351(6326):447-8.
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        70. Lin YC, Shockett P, Stavnezer J. Regulation of the antibody class switch to IgA. Immunol Res. 1991; 10(3-4):376-80.
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        71. Severinson E, Fernandez C, Stavnezer J. Induction of germ-line immunoglobulin heavy chain transcripts by mitogens and interleukins prior to switch recombination. Eur J Immunol. 1990 May; 20(5):1079-84.
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        72. Xu M, Stavnezer J. Structure of germline immunoglobulin heavy-chain gamma 1 transcripts in interleukin 4 treated mouse spleen cells. Dev Immunol. 1990; 1(1):11-7.
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        73. Radcliffe G, Lin YC, Julius M, Marcu KB, Stavnezer J. Structure of germ line immunoglobulin alpha heavy-chain RNA and its location on polysomes. Mol Cell Biol. 1990 Jan; 10(1):382-6.
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        74. Dunnick W, Stavnezer J. Copy choice mechanism of immunoglobulin heavy-chain switch recombination. Mol Cell Biol. 1990 Jan; 10(1):397-400.
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        75. Jarvis CD, Cannon LE, Stavnezer J. Mouse antibody response to group A streptococcal carbohydrate. J Immunol. 1989 Dec 15; 143(12):4213-20.
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        76. Waters SH, Saikh KU, Stavnezer J. A B-cell-specific nuclear protein that binds to DNA sites 5' to immunoglobulin S alpha tandem repeats is regulated during differentiation. Mol Cell Biol. 1989 Dec; 9(12):5594-601.
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        77. Stavnezer J, Lasky JL, Ponzio NM, Scheid MP, Thorbecke GJ. Reticulum cell sarcomas of SJL mice have rearranged immunoglobulin heavy and light chain genes. Eur J Immunol. 1989 Jun; 19(6):1063-9.
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        78. Dunnick W, Wilson M, Stavnezer J. Mutations, duplication, and deletion of recombined switch regions suggest a role for DNA replication in the immunoglobulin heavy-chain switch. Mol Cell Biol. 1989 May; 9(5):1850-6.
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        79. Severinson E, Moon HB, Bergstedt-Lindqvist S, Persson U, Heusser C, Stavnezer J. Interleukins 4 and 5: mechanisms of action. Adv Exp Med Biol. 1989; 254:125-33.
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        80. Stavnezer J, Radcliffe G, Lin YC, Nietupski J, Berggren L, Sitia R, Severinson E. Immunoglobulin heavy-chain switching may be directed by prior induction of transcripts from constant-region genes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1988 Oct; 85(20):7704-8.
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        81. Lorenz W, Schäble KF, Thiebe R, Stavnezer J, Zachau HG. The J kappa proximal region of the human K locus contains three uncommon V kappa genes which are arranged in opposite transcriptional polarities. Mol Immunol. 1988 May; 25(5):479-84.
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        82. Klein D, Nietupski J, Sirlin S, Stavnezer J. I.29 lymphoma cells express a nonmutated VH gene before and after H chain switch. J Immunol. 1988 Mar 1; 140(5):1676-84.
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        83. Stavnezer J, Radcliffe G, Severinson E. Specificity of immunoglobulin heavy chain switching by cultured I.29 B lymphoma cells. Monogr Allergy. 1988; 24:197-207.
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        84. Stavnezer J, Al-Katib A, Koziner B. Expression of immunoglobulin lambda light chain by the promyelocytic cell line HL-60. J Immunol. 1986 Dec 15; 137(12):3978-82.
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        85. Stavnezer J. Presence of a polyadenylated RNA fragment encoding the membrane domain for immunoglobulin alpha chain indicates that mRNAs for both secreted and membrane-bound alpha chains can be produced from the same RNA transcript. Nucleic Acids Res. 1986 Aug 11; 14(15):6129-44.
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        86. Koziner B, Stavnezer J, Al-Katib A, Gebhard D, Mittelman A, Andreeff M, Clarkson BD. Surface immunoglobulin light chain expression in pre-B cell leukemias. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1986; 468:211-26.
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        87. Koziner B, Stavnezer J, Al-Katib A. Surface immunoglobulin light-chain expression by the "common" all cell line REH. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1985 Oct; 37(1):135-41.
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        88. Sitia R, Rubartelli A, Kikutani H, Hammerling U, Stavnezer J. The regulation of membrane-bound and secreted alpha-chain biosynthesis during the differentiation of the B cell lymphoma I.29. J Immunol. 1985 Oct; 135(4):2859-64.
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        89. Stavnezer J, Kekish O, Batter D, Grenier J, Balazs I, Henderson E, Zegers BJ. Aberrant recombination events in B cell lines derived from a kappa-deficient human. Nucleic Acids Res. 1985 May 24; 13(10):3495-514.
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        90. Stavnezer J, Sirlin S, Abbott J. Induction of immunoglobulin isotype switching in cultured I.29 B lymphoma cells. Characterization of the accompanying rearrangements of heavy chain genes. J Exp Med. 1985 Mar 1; 161(3):577-601.
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        91. Stavnezer J, Abbott J, Sirlin S. Immunoglobulin heavy chain switching in cultured I.29 murine B lymphoma cells: commitment to an IgA or IgE switch. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 1984; 113:109-16.
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        92. Stavnezer J. Molecular genetics of immunoglobulin heavy chain switching. Surv Immunol Res. 1983; 2(3):267-70.
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        93. Stavnezer J, Marcu KB, Sirlin S, Alhadeff B, Hammerling U. Rearrangements and deletions of immunoglobulin heavy chain genes in the double-producing B cell lymphoma I.29. Mol Cell Biol. 1982 Aug; 2(8):1002-13.
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        94. Shin HS, Stavnezer J, Artzt K, Bennett D. Genetic structure and origin of t haplotypes of mice, analyzed with H-2 cDNA probes. Cell. 1982 Jul; 29(3):969-76.
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        95. Sitia R, Kikutani H, Rubartelli A, Bushkin Y, Stavnezer J, Hammerling U. Membrane-bound and secreted IgA contain structurally different alpha-chains. J Immunol. 1982 Feb; 128(2):712-6.
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        96. Kikutani H, Sitia R, Good RA, Stavnezer J. Synthesis and processing of the alpha heavy chains of secreted and membrane-bound IgA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1981 Oct; 78(10):6436-40.
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        97. Cayre Y, Palladino MA, Marcu KB, Stavnezer J. Expression of an antigen receptor on T cells does not require recombination at the immunoglobulin JH-C mu locus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1981 Jun; 78(6):3814-8.
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        98. Stavnezer J, Bishop JM. Synthesis and isolation of DNA complementary to nucleotide sequences encoding the variable region of immunoglobulin kappa chain. Biochemistry. 1977 Sep 20; 16(19):4225-32.
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        99. Varmus HE, Stavnezer J, Medeiros E, Bishop JM. Detection and characterization of RNA tumor virus-specific DNA in cells. Bibl Haematol. 1975; (40):451-61.
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        100. Stavnezer J, Huang RC, Stavnezer E, Bishop JM. Isolation of messenger RNA for an immunoglobulin kappa chain and enumeration of the genes for the constatn region of kappa chain in the mouse. J Mol Biol. 1974 Sep 5; 88(1):43-63.
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        101. Sullivan D, Palacios R, Stavnezer J, Taylor JM, Faras AJ, Kiely ML, Summers NM, Bishop JM, Schimke RT. Synthesis of a deoxyribonucleic acid sequence complementary to ovalbumin messenger ribonucleic acid and quantification of ovalbumin genes. J Biol Chem. 1973 Nov 10; 248(21):7530-9.
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        102. Smith M, Stavnezer J, Huang RC, Gurdon JB, Lane CD. Letter: Translation of messenger RNA for mouse immunoglobulin light chains in living frog oocytes. J Mol Biol. 1973 Nov 5; 80(3):553-7.
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        103. Stavnezer J, Huang RC. Synthesis of a mouse immunoglobulin light chain in a rabbit reticulocyte cell-free system. Nat New Biol. 1971 Apr 7; 230(14):172-6.
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