Immune diversity and genomic stability: opposite goals but similar paths

Jeggo, P. A. and Concannon, P. (2001) Immune diversity and genomic stability: opposite goals but similar paths. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 65 (2-3). pp. 88-96. ISSN 1011-1344

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DNA damage response mechanisms serve to protect cells from exogenous and endogenous DNA damaging agents with the aim of maintaining genomic stability. In contrast, the generation of an efficient immune response requires the creation of a repertoire of distinct immunoglobulin and T cell receptor genes able to recognise the huge array of antigens that may be encountered in a lifetime. Surprisingly, cells have exploited the same mechanisms used to maintain genomic integrity to create genetic diversity during immune development. Here, we review the damage response mechanisms operating on DNA double strand breaks and their function during development of the immune response. We discuss disorders that are associated with immunodeficiency and defective responses to the presence of DNA double strand breaks.

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Depositing User: Gee Wheatley
Date Deposited: 18 May 2007
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