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      Lymphoproliferation disorder in mice explained by defects in Fas antigen that mediates apoptosis.

      Nature

      RNA, Messenger, genetics, Antigens, Surface, Base Sequence, Antigens, CD95, Blotting, Southern, Cell Death, DNA Mutational Analysis, Gene Expression, Gene Rearrangement, Genes, Lymphoproliferative Disorders, Mice, Mice, Mutant Strains, Molecular Sequence Data, Oligodeoxyribonucleotides, chemistry, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals

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          Fas antigen is a cell-surface protein that mediates apoptosis. It is expressed in various tissues including the thymus and has structural homology with a number of cell-surface receptors, including tumour necrosis factor receptor and nerve growth factor receptor. Mice carrying the lymphoproliferation (lpr) mutation have defects in the Fas antigen gene. The lpr mice develop lymphadenopathy and suffer from a systemic lupus erythematosus-like autoimmune disease, indicating an important role for Fas antigen in the negative selection of autoreactive T cells in the thymus.

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          10.1038/356314a0
          1372394

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