DNA sequence analysis of serologically detected ELA class II haplotypes at the equine DQP locus

G. Szalai, S. Lazary, E. Bailey, H. Gerber

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The genetic diversity at the ELA DQβ locus was investigated using polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing. Based upon serological methods 16 class II homozygous animals were selected and their genomic DNA was used. A DQβ gene from an equine cDNA library was also sequenced. Our methology and the similarity between the genomic and the cDNA sequences suggest that the studied locus is expressed on equine lymphocytes. In the predicted amino acid sequence the most extensive variation is located at residues 56–60. The pattern of these five amino acids is strongly correlated to the serological ELA class II specificities (W13, W22, W23, Be200). The alleles corresponding to the W23 specificity are the most divergent among the equine DQβ alleles and also from other mammalian DQβ sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalAnimal Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1993


  • MHC
  • PCR
  • horse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics

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