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However, also in double staining experiments, the main iminunoglobulin classes and also thc four IgG subclasses were represented HUMAN IMMUNOGLOBULINS 35 on different normal lymphocytes ( Froland and Natvig, 1 9 7 2 ~ ) In . the latter experiments it was also shown that one lymphocyte only carried the allele of one subclass gene and it appeared that the lymphocytes showed allelic exclusion as to their surface-bound immunoglobulins. Similar data on allelic exclusion have been obtained by Litwin (1972).

1972; Frijland, 1972a). IV. Myeloma Proteins and Related Homogeneous Immunoglobulins A. RELATIONSHIP TO NORMAL IMMUNOGLOBULINS The close relationship of the myeloma proteins and Waldenstronitype macroglobulins to the normal immunoglobulins is now abundantly clear. , 1951). In fact little evidence is available that these proteins are in any way abnormal. The only clear exception to this rule is in the case of the heavychain disease syndromes; this point will be discussed in detail in a later section.

Thirty-five such cases have been followed at the Rockefeller Hospital for more than 5 years, and in no instance has serious disease ensued. One individual has been followed for 13 years and more than fifty serum samples have been analyzed. The monoclonal band has remained at exactly the same level over this entire period. Figure 10 shows the earliest and the latest electrophoretic run in the cellulose acetate system on the serum of this individual. In this case the band was of the IgG h type and was associated with considerable suppression of the other immunoglobulins.

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