K36.16 is an AKR H-2k thymoma which expresses an aberrant H-2Dd-like allospecificity, does not have a detectable amount of the H-2Kk syngeneic antigen and grows very easily in syngeneic mice. By DNA-mediated gene transfer experiments, we were able to obtain transformed clones which do express the H-2Kk molecules and are rejected by AKR mice. Southern hybridization was performed to assess whether any gross changes had occurred in the K36.16 H-2K locus or elsewhere in the MHC, which might explain the lack of H-2K expression and/or the presence of the aberrant H-2Dd-like allospecificity. Specific H-2 class I DNA probes were used to compare the K36.16 genomic DNA with normal AKR thymus DNA after digestion with a variety of restriction enzymes. After hybridization with the pH-2IIa probe a 2.8 kb 'Hind III' fragment was identified in the K36.16 genomic DNA which is absent from AKR DNA. The pH-2IIa probe detects the third, transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains of class I genes. Although these changes are indicative of MHC genome modifications it is not yet possible to link these specific Southern blot pattern variations with the phenotypic changes mentioned above.

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Hui, K, Minamide, L, Prandoni, N, Festenstein, H, & Grosveld, F.G. (1986). Structural variations in the H-2 genes of AKR lymphomas. Journal of Immunogenetics, 13, 117–121. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/2400