Date: 21 Jan 1994 18:15:27 -0000
From: txpljfg at UABCVSR.cvsr.uab.edu
Reply-to: txpljfg at UABCVSR.cvsr.uab.edu
To: "bionet.immunology mail newsgroup" <bionet-news at daresbury.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Something unknowable in immunology? Simple logic?
txpljfg at UABCVSR.cvsr.uab.edu said
>I disagree with the assumption that antigen receptor generation is a
>completely random process, particularly in younger and fetal mammals...........
I agree with your viewpoint that receptor generation is not *completely* random, (I
actually said......."Since antigen receptor generation is *essentially* a random
What I was driving at was the lack of evidence for pre-ordained types of *functional*
T cell receptor designed specifically to recognise particular common antigens. The
functional, MHC restricted, repertoire presumably arises by the generation of a huge
number of receptor shapes, most of which will be useless. Useful receptors must
therefore be generated (before selection) at random; ie there is no specific
mechanism in the *generation* of receptors (this is prior to selection) that makes
them intrinsically useful.
This is not the same as saying that the mechanisms of repertoire diversity generation
Dr. Colin R.A. Hewitt
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