In sera from patients with acute EBV, infection and the clinical symptoms of infectious mononucleosis antibodies of the Ig class M were found that are directed against two cellular proteins. The molecular mass of these proteins was determined to be 29 (p29) and 26 kD (p26), respectively, in SDS-PAGE. P29 was identified as part of the glycolytic enzyme triosephosphate isomerase (TPI) by comparison of the NH2-terminal amino acid sequences. A purified antibody against TPI induces a 51Cr release from human erythrocytes. Possibly, anti-TPI causes hemolysis, which is an infrequent but serious symptom of infectious mononucleosis.

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