Anti-fluorescein antibody 3-13 VH gene rearrangement in idiotypically cross-reactive hybridomas

David M. Reinitz, Randy Strich, John F. Scott, Edward W. Voss

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The deduced amino acid sequence of anti-fluorescein (F1) antibody 3-13 VH region (residues 1-95) was 78% homologous to the α-1→ 3-dextran binding myeloma protein J558 vh region and was in the Wu-Kabat Subgroup II or Dildrop Group I classifications. The 3-13 VH region was rearranged to a D segment with only 8 of 30 bp in common with DFL16.1 germ line D gene and less homologous to all other previousy identified D sequences. This sequence was joined to the third codon of JH4. The sequence encoding VH residues 5-91 was subcloned into pSP65 and used as a probe in Southern analyses to monitor 3-13 VH gene rearrangements in 12 other anti-F1 hybridomas differentially expressing (or not at all) the 3-13 idiotype. Three clones which inhibited the 3-13 idiotype-anti-idiotype interaction as effectively as 3-13 (3-12, 3-17 and 3-35), all had rearranged a gene which hybridized to the cloned 3-13 fragment, however, each was contained on a different size restriction fragment. Analyses of five other idiotypically related (but not identical) hybridomas indicated that four had rearranged a cross hybridizing VHgene while no such rearrangements were detected among four idiotyplcally negative cell lines. A restriction site assay indicated five clones examined had all rearranged a Vκ gene to the Jκ 1 or Jκ2 gene segment. The sequence of the antibody 3-13 VH gene and its use in hybridization studies represent the first molecular analysis of a recurrently expressed repertoire specific idiotype within an unrestricted immune response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-630
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology


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