Skip to main content


Fig. 3 | BMC Immunology

Fig. 3

From: Longitudinal immunosequencing in healthy people reveals persistent T cell receptors rich in highly public receptors

Fig. 3

Persistent TCRβs were more functionally redundant. We created a network graph of TCRβs from each individual, drawing edges between TCRβs on the basis of sequence similarity (Levenshtein distances), which reflects antigen specificity. We then grouped TCRβs into decile bins based on the number of neighbors (similar TCRβs) of each TCRβ. In other words, TCRβs in the 0–10% bin had 0 to 10% of the maximum number of neighbors observed for any TCRβ—the fewest neighbors—while those in the 90–100% bin had near the maximum number of neighbors observed. For each decile bin, we then counted how many samples each TCRβ occurred in from our time series data. a Vertical histograms of these distributions indicate that TCRβs with few neighbors —and thus few similar observed TCRβs—tended to occur at only a single time point, while TCRβs with more neighbors—and thus higher numbers of similar TCRβs observed—tended to have a higher proportion of persistent TCRβs. b The number of TCRβs in each neighbor bin (Additional file 1: Figure S13a)

Back to article page