Stage-specific embryonic antigen-1 (SSEA-1) is a well-known carbohydrate antigen that is specifically expressed on the surface of cancer cells as well as embryonic cells. In this study, starting with a previously established hybridoma producing a monoclonal antibody (named H18A) to Lewis Y antigen, which is closely related to SSEA-1, we cloned genomic DNA encoding active variable regions both of heavy and light chains of the antibody. Sequence analysis showed that VH and V kappa genes of H18A were in the VH 7183 family and V kappa C1 family, respectively. A transfected cell line named HC-H18A-7 expressing a recombinant chimeric H18A composed of mouse-derived antigen-binding variable regions and human-derived constant regions was established. The chimeric H18A was purified to homogeneity and shown to bind purified Lewis Y antigen with the same dose-response curve as the original H18A. The chimeric H18A looks more promising for clinical application than the original mouse-derived H18A because its antigenicity is expected to be reduced.