Sequencing-based typing reveals six novel MHC class I chain-related gene B (MICB) alleles.
The MHC class I chain-related gene A (MICA) is highly polymorphic. In this paper we demonstrate polymorphism in the other expressing member of the MIC family of genes: MICB. Using a sequencing-based typing approach on cDNA, analysis of exons 2 through 6 revealed eight polymorphic sites resulting in six unique MICB sequences. Although MICB has high nucleotide homology with MICA, its polymorphism is restricted and at different sites compared to those in MICA.