Allotypic specificities of murine IgD and IgM recognized by monoclonal antibodies

J Immunol. 1984 Feb;132(2):787-95.


Hybridomas generated from mice immunized with allotype and H-2-incompatible spleen cells were screened by flow cytometry. Monoclonal antibodies (MAb) to four of the five known specificities of IgD were identified. The location of these specificities on the IgD molecule was determined by the ability of a given MAb to bind to cells stripped of the Fab fragment by trypsin proteolysis. Igh-5.1 (present on IgDa and IgDe) and Igh-5.5 (unique to IgDe) were both located on the Fab fragment. Results from cross-blocking experiments suggest that, except for Igh-5.3, MAb which recognize the same specificity bind to the same antigenic determinant. Both the trypsin digest and blocking studies indicate that Igh-5.3 is composed of at least two antigenic determinants. AF6-78.25, a MAb specific for IgM of the b, d, and n haplotypes, was also identified; this MAb defines a new specificity, Igh-6.6. On the basis of the reactivities of these MAb, it appears that although the Igh-Ce and Igh-Cd haplotypes are virtually identical at the Igh-3(gamma 2b), Igh-1(gamma 2a), and Igh-2(alpha) loci, they are highly divergent at the Igh-5(delta) and Igh-6(mu) loci. This indicates that the Igh-Cd haplotype may have resulted from a recombination between Igh-Ce and another haplotype.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Cross Reactions
  • Hybridomas / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin Allotypes / genetics
  • Immunoglobulin Allotypes / immunology*
  • Immunoglobulin D / genetics
  • Immunoglobulin D / immunology*
  • Immunoglobulin M / genetics
  • Immunoglobulin M / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred A
  • Mice, Inbred AKR
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C3H
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Mice, Inbred DBA
  • Mice, Inbred NZB
  • Rabbits


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Immunoglobulin Allotypes
  • Immunoglobulin D
  • Immunoglobulin M