Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 2579324
Mol. Immunol. 1985 Jan;22(1):1-10
Analysis of the antigenic structure of human serum albumin was undertaken using monoclonal antibodies. Nineteen antibodies were prepared and their specificities were studied using fragments which encompass the whole sequence of the albumin molecule. These antibodies recognized 13 different epitopes which are different from the one previously identified with two other monoclonal antibodies [Doyen et al., Immun. Lett. 3, 365-370 (1981)]. Among those 13 different epitopes, six were overlapping. Four epitopes were located on the N-terminal half of the albumin molecule. One of these required integrity of methionine 87 and the other three were overlapping and located around methionine 123. Eight epitopes were located on the C-terminal half of the albumin. Two of them were within the sequence, 330-422 and 299-496 respectively; the other six appeared to be topographic determinants which were altered or lost in the albumin fragments. A last epitope could not be located on any region of albumin. Four monoclonal antibodies directed against a given portion of the albumin molecule reacted slightly with another part of albumin, thus confirming the existence of an intramolecular cross-reactivity between the different domains of human albumin.