Two antibodies to Group C streptococcal carbohydrate isolated from an individual rabbit had similar relative binding affinities for a Group C immuno-adsorbent column. Their light chains were similar, if not identical, as were the constant regions of their heavy chains. Differences in the variable regions of the H chains of the two antibodies were detected by chemical analysis. The two antibodies had serologically identical idiotypic determinants although one antibody possessed the a3 allotype and the other had no detectable group a marker. The occurrence of such antibodies indicates the absence of obligatory associations between group a allotypes and idiotypic specificities, despite the fact that both determinants have antigenic components in the VH region of the H chain.
AN IDIOTYPIC CROSS-REACTION BETWEEN ALLOTYPE a3 AND ALLOTYPE a NEGATIVE RABBIT ANTIBODIES TO STREPTOCOCCAL CARBOHYDRATE
Thomas J. Kindt, David G. Klapper, Michael D. Waterfield; AN IDIOTYPIC CROSS-REACTION BETWEEN ALLOTYPE a3 AND ALLOTYPE a NEGATIVE RABBIT ANTIBODIES TO STREPTOCOCCAL CARBOHYDRATE . J Exp Med 1 March 1973; 137 (3): 636–648. doi: https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.137.3.636
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