Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 3923611
Scand. J. Immunol. 1985 Apr;21(4):361-7
Two different monoclonal anti-idiotypic (Id) antibodies, HP-Id20 and HP-Id22, recognizing two discrete idiotopes characteristic of the anti-poly(Glu60 Ala30 Tyr10) (GAT) response were used to immunize BALB/c (GAT-responder) and DBA/1 (GAT-nonresponder) mice. The monoclonals were injected either copolymerized with keyhole limpet haemocyanin or polymerized with glutaraldehyde. The specific response was studied by two assays: (a) inhibition of binding of monoclonal anti-GAT antibody G5Bb2-2 to HP-Id20 and HP-Id22 and (b) GAT binding assays. In BALB/c GAT-responder mice, HP-Id20 and HP-Id22 immunization led to the preferential stimulation of immunoglobulin idiotypically related to anti-GAT antibodies (Ab1′) and expressing anti-GAT activity. The results obtained with BALB/c nu/nu mice indicated that this response is T-cell-dependent. By means of the same experimental protocol GAT-nonresponder animals could be induced to produce anti-GAT antibodies after HP-Id immunization. This last result indicates that anti-Id immunization can bypass Ir gene control and does not preferentially stimulate the induction of GAT-specific T suppressor cells.