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Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.310, No.3, 791-795, 2003
Analysis of T-cell receptor V beta gene from infiltrating T cells in insulitis and myocarditis in encephalomyocarditis virus-infected BALB/C mice
Encephalomyocarditis (EMC) virus induces insulin-dependent diabetes and myocarditis in several strains of mice. The T-cell receptor (TCR) Vbeta genes of infiltrating T cells in the pancreas and myocardium of BALB/C mice infected with EMC virus D-variant (EMC-D virus) were analyzed. Using a nested two-step polymerase chain reaction (PCR), TCR Vbeta cDNAs were cloned and sequenced. Two and four kinds of TCR Vbeta clones were obtained from T cells infiltrating into the pancreas and myocardium of BALB/ C mice infected with EMC-D virus, respectively. The infiltrating lymphocytes in the diabetic mice expressed Vbeta 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 genes predominantly. Previously, the use of Vbeta 8.2 has been reported in autoimmune diseases such as murine experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) and non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse. This study suggests that mice infected with EMC virus are a useful animal model for autoimmune diseases such as insulin-dependent diabetes. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.