Oligonucleotide genotyping shows that alleles at the HLA-DR beta III locus of the DRw52 supertypic group segregate independently of known DR or Dw specificities

Immunogenetics. 1987;25(2):79-83. doi: 10.1007/BF00364271.


Using locus- and allele-specific oligonucleotide probes, we have studied the polymorphism of the HLA-DR beta III locus within the haplotypes of the DRw52 supertypic group. DNA from a number of homozygous typing cells typed for both Dw and DR was used. The DR beta III polymorphisms, DRw52a and DRw52b, do not segregate with Dw typing, or with DR typing, indicating that the determinants responsible for Dw-defined T-cell response and for DR haplotypic recognition are not encoded by the DR beta III locus. Hence, we can conclude that these DR specificities are encoded by the other functional DR locus, DR beta I, while the DR beta III locus encodes only the supertypic product.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Genes
  • Genotype
  • HLA-D Antigens / genetics*
  • HLA-DR Antigens / genetics*
  • HLA-DR Serological Subtypes
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Oligonucleotides
  • Polymorphism, Genetic


  • HLA-D Antigens
  • HLA-DR Antigens
  • HLA-DR Serological Subtypes
  • HLA-DR52 antigen
  • Oligonucleotides