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Eur. J. Immunol. 1984 Jun;14(6):503-10
Eight monoclonal anti-idiotypic antibodies directed against public idiotopes have been further characterized: (a) they bind to public idiotopes with a high affinity; (b) they recognize all anti-poly(Glu60,Ala30,Tyr10) (GAT) antibodies as measured by inhibition of the anti-GAT plaque-forming cell response. This has been verified in three strains of mice. These reagents were not able to detect idiotope expression on eight GAT-specific helper T cell lines and clones. This result was obtained by two techniques: (a) idiotope expression at the T cell surface was measured by indirect immunofluorescence using a cell sorter with surface antigens H-2D, Thy-1.2, Lyt-1 and L3T4 as positive controls; (b) after immunoadsorption of [35S] methionine-labeled cellular extracts from two lines, no unique molecule was retained by the HP-idp22 monoclonal anti-idiotypic antibody coupled to Sepharose. Despite these negative results, this antibody was found to prime lymph node cells in vivo, which were able to proliferate specifically in response to GAT. Two T cell lines derived from this lymphocyte population do not express any of the idiotopes tested. These results suggest that monoclonal anti-idiotypic antibodies may be influencing T lymphocyte activity indirectly.