, Volume 61, Issue 8, pp 581–596

On the genomics of immunoglobulins in the gray, short-tailed opossum Monodelphis domestica

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00251-009-0385-8

Cite this article as:
Wang, X., Olp, J.J. & Miller, R.D. Immunogenetics (2009) 61: 581. doi:10.1007/s00251-009-0385-8


Annotated maps of the IGH, IGK, and IGL loci in the gray, short-tailed opossum Monodelphis domestica were generated from analyses of the available whole genome sequence for this species. Analyses of their content and organization confirmed a number of previous conclusions based on characterization of complementary DNAs encoding opossum immunoglobulin heavy and light chains and limited genomic analysis, including (a) the predominance of a single immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region (IGHV) subgroup and clan, (b) the presence of a single immunoglobulin (Ig)G subclass, (c) the apparent absence of an IgD, and (d) the general organization and V gene complexity of the IGK and IGL light chain loci. In addition, several unexpected discoveries were made including the presence of a partial V to D, germline-joined IGHV segment, the first germline-joined Ig V gene to be found in a mammal. In addition was the presence of a larger number of IGKV subgroups than had been previously identified. With this report, annotated maps of the major histocompatibility complex, T-cell receptor, and immunoglobulin loci have been completed for M. domestica, the only non-eutherian mammalian species for which this has been accomplished, strengthening the utility of this species as a model organism.


Immunoglobulins Genomics Marsupials Monodelphis domestica 

Supplementary material

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Supplementary Table 1Locations of IGH gene segments in the MonDom5 assembly (DOC 204 kb)
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Supplementary Table 2Locations of IGK gene segments in the MonDom5 assembly (DOC 264 kb)
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Supplementary Table 3Locations of IGL gene segments in the MonDom5 assembly (DOC 202 kb)
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Supplementary Figure 1(PPT 53 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinxin Wang
    • 1
  • Jonathan J. Olp
    • 1
  • Robert D. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Center for Evolutionary & Theoretical ImmunologyThe University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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