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Abstract

A technique for purifying rat monoclonal antibodies from ascitic fluid or serum is described which is based on 2 facts. First, approximately 95 % of rat immunoglobulin light chains are of the kappa type. Second, an allotypy in the rat species is located on the constant part of the kappa light chain. By use of a mouse monoclonal antibody with specific binding affinity for the Igkappa-1a allotype on the kappa light chains of the LOU inbred rat strain, it is possible with immunoaffinity chromatography to isolate LOU Ig-kappa-1a bearing immunoglobulins from the serum proteins, including the immunoglobulins, of rats of Ig-kappa- 1a kappa light chain allotype and congenic LOU Ig-kappa-1b rats with the Ig-kappa-1b kappa light chain allotype are fully histocompatible. The serum or ascitic fluid of the recipients is applied to an immunoabsorbent column to which mouse monoclonal antibody against the Ig-kappa-1a allotype is coupled. The serum proteins, including the host immunoglobulins pass through the column. An appropriate buffer is used to elute the monoclonal antibodies in a second step. The same technique may be employed for other monoclonal antibodies. A reciprocal system using mouse monoclonal antibodies against Ig-kappa-1b rat allotype can be used, a plasmacytoma or hybridoma synthesizing Ig-kappa-1b kappa light chain being transplanted into an IGkappa-1a kappa light chain synthesizing rat. The method is rapid, efficient and inexpensive. Its limitation is with respect to lambda-type monoclonal antibodies, which are relatively rare.

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Authors: BAZIN H, UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, BRUXELLES (BELGIUM);CORMONT F, UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, BRUXELLES (BELGIUM);DE CLERCQ L UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGICAL METHODS, VOL. 71 (1984), PP. 9-16
Record Number: 1989123029000 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en