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autosomal describes a chromosome other than the X and Y sex-determining chromosomes cytokine immune system signaling molecule nucleotide the building block of RNA or DNA

apoptosis programmed cell death kinase an enzyme that adds a phosphate group to another molecule, usually a protein

Baby David ("bubble boy") Vetter plays in his plastic-enclosed environment. This protection helped David to survive, since he was born with severe combined immune deficiency syndrome.

Baby David ("bubble boy") Vetter plays in his plastic-enclosed environment. This protection helped David to survive, since he was born with severe combined immune deficiency syndrome.

autoimmunity immune reaction to the body's own tissues phenotypes observable characteristics of an organism that activates the genes for T-lymphocyte differentiation. To do so, it must bind to the SCID-X1 gene product.

Interleukin-7 receptor a Chain Deficiency. This is responsible for SCID in a small number of patients. This receptor is part of a larger complex that includes the SCID-X1, JAK3 proteins, and four other interleukin receptors (IL-2, IL-5, IL-9 and IL-15). Thus, at least three of the known SCID genes have been found to disrupt the same receptor complex involved in immune system development.

RAG1 and 2 Deficiencies. These can also lead to SCID. RAG1 and RAG2 are found side-by-side on chromosome 6. Mutations in either can result in SCID. They are involved in the genetic rearrangement of both the T- and B-lymphocyte receptor genes during differentiation that gives rise to the ability of the immune system to recognize foreign agents. Mutations in RAG1 or 2 also account for 50 percent of those patients with an unusual autoimmunity form of SCID called Omenn syndrome.

The genes involved in two additional rare forms of SCID, reticular dysgenesis and cartilage-hair hypoplasia, remain unknown. In addition, the gene(s) for over 30 percent of those patients diagnosed with SCID also remain unidentified, even though these patients seem to display the same phenotypes as those patients whose genetic defect has been identified.

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