Enhancement of hypermutation frequency in the chicken B cell line DT40 for efficient diversification of the antibody repertoire

Masaki Magari, Yuichi Kanehiro, Kagefumi Todo, Mika Ikeda, Naoki Kanayama, Hitoshi Ohmori

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Chicken B cell line DT40 continuously accumulates mutations in the immunoglobulin variable region (IgV) gene by gene conversion and point mutation, both of which are mediated by activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID), thereby producing an antibody (Ab) library that is useful for screening monoclonal Abs (mAbs) in vitro. We previously generated an engineered DT40 line named DT40-SW, whose AID expression can be reversibly switched on or off, and developed an in vitro Ab generation system using DT40-SW cells. To efficiently create an Ab library with sufficient diversity, higher hypermutation frequency is advantageous. To this end, we generated a novel cell line DT40-SWΔC, which conditionally expresses a C-terminus-truncated AID mutant lacking the nuclear export signal. The transcription level of the mutant AID gene in DT40-SWΔC cells was similar to that of the wild-type gene in DT40-SW cells. However, the protein level of the truncated AID mutant was less than that of the wild type. The mutant protein was enriched in the nuclei of DT40-SWΔC cells, although the protein might be highly susceptible to degradation. In DT40-SWΔC cells, both gene conversion and point mutation occurred in the IgV gene with over threefold higher frequency than in DT40-SW cells, suggesting that a lower level of the mutant AID protein was sufficient to increase mutation frequency. Thus, DT40-SWΔC cells may be useful for constructing Ab libraries for efficient screening of mAbs in vitro.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2010


  • AID
  • Chicken B cell line DT40
  • Gene conversion
  • Hypermutation
  • Monoclonal antibody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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