Terminal Transferase: Past to Present
It has been said that cells do not make proteins for irrelevant reasons. This means that every protein has a specific function. If we fail to understand that function the flaw is in human nature, not in Nature itself. A corollary of this logic is that if a unique kind of cell produces a unique protein, then that unique protein must be related to a special function of the unique class of cells. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) is such a protein, existing only in a limited population of lymphoid cells. The purpose of this meeting is to consider the phenomenology associated with the occurrence of this protein, and hopefully deduce Nature’s reason for producing it.
KeywordsTerminal Deoxynucleotidyl Transferase Secondary Lymphoid Organ Terminal Transferase Transient Population Primary Lymphoid Organ
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