We have investigated, using serological and biochemical assays, the specificity of an A.TH anti‐A.TL‐derived monoclonal antibody (mAb), designated 40.B, directed at a highly conserved antigenic determinant expressed on the majority of murine and human MHC class II antigens. In the mouse, mAb 40.B defines a new specificity expressed on the Ia products of the H‐2 haplotypes k, d, b, v, r, p, u, j and w3. Analysis of its reactivity with H‐2 recombinant strains and the results of the competitive binding inhibition of 125I‐labeled mAb 40.B to B10.BR cells with I‐Ak and I‐Ek specific mAb suggested recognition of a shared Ia determinant expressed on both I‐Ak and I‐Ek molecules. This has been confirmed by sequential immunoprecipitation studies which demonstrated the specificity of mAb 40.B for the Aβk Aαk, Aβb Aαb, Aβd Aαd, Eβk Eαk, Eβs Eβk, and Eβd Eαd dimers. In humans, this mAb bound to and immunoprecipitated HLA‐D/DR molecules expressed on lymphoblastoid cell lines carrying the MTl and MT2 supertypic specificities. The possible implications of these findings with regard to an evolutionary model of MHC class II antigens are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Sep 1982|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy