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Analysis of antibody-antigen and antibody-anti-(idiotypic antibody) cross-reactivity using synthetic peptide probes.

McInerney TL, Brown LE, Sutton VR, Jackson DC
Department of Microbiology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


The extent, nature and structural basis of immunological cross-reactivity of an anti-synthetic peptide monoclonal antibody (MAb) with the parent antigen (influenza virus haemagglutinin) from which the peptide was derived, and with a paratope-directed anti-idiotypic (anti-Id) antibody was investigated. Use of synthetic homologs and analogs of the peptide indicated that the anti-peptide MAb utilizes a common binding site to complex with peptide, haemagglutinin (HA) and anti-Id antibody, and the affinity constants for the binding of the anti-peptide MAb to peptide and to the anti-Id MAb were found to differ only by three fold. Determination of the amino acid sequence of the heavy chain variable domain (VH) of the anti-Id MAb did not reveal any obvious sequence homology with the peptide. Consideration of the spatial arrangement of residues, however, disclosed a region within the framework of the anti-Id VH with similarity to the epitope recognized by the anti-peptide MAb. This region, formed from antiparallel chains, contains amino acid residues arranged in a conformation similar to that assumed by amino acid residues comprising the epitope within the intact HA.


  • Journal: Molecular Immunology
  • Published: 01/03/1994
  • Volume: 31
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 289-299