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Janeway Figure 4.2. V-region genes are constructed from gene segments. Light-chain V-region genes are constructed from two segments (center panel). A variable (V) and a joining (J) gene segment in the genomic DNA are joined to form a complete light-chain V-region exon. Immunoglobulin chains are extra-cellular proteins and the V gene segment is preceded by an exon encoding a leader peptide (L), which directs the protein into the cell's secretory pathways and is then cleaved. The light-chain C region is encoded in a separate exon and is joined to the V-region exon by splicing of the light-chain RNA to remove the L-to-V and the J-to-C introns. Heavy-chain V regions are constructed from three gene segments (right panel). First, the diversity (D) and J gene segments join, then the V gene segment joins to the combined DJ sequence, forming a complete VH exon. A heavy-chain C-region gene is encoded by several exons. The C-region exons, together with the leader sequence, are spliced to the V-domain sequence during processing of the heavy-chain RNA transcript. The leader sequence is removed after translation and the disulfide bonds that link the polypeptide chains are formed. The hinge region is shown in purple.

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current19:40, 10 March 2004Thumbnail for version as of 19:40, 10 March 2004703 × 501 (47 KB)Tarek (talk | contribs)Janeway Figure 4.2. V-region genes are constructed from gene segments. Light-chain V-region genes are constructed from two segments (center panel). A variable (V) and a joining (J) gene segment in the genomic DNA are joined to form a complete light-chain
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