Gangliosides, Ab1 and Ab2 antibodies IV. Dominance of VH domain in the induction of anti-idiotypic antibodies by gene gun immunization
López-Requena, Alejandro Mateo de Acosta, Cristina Bestagno, Marco Vázquez, Ana María Pérez, Rolando Burrone, Oscar R # ×
Molecular immunology vol:44 issue:11 pages:3070-5
The heavy chain of anti-N-glycolyl-ganglioside P3 mAb plays the main role in its binding properties. At least one hybrid idiotype consisting on the P3 VH and an unrelated VL domain retains antigen recognition. Moreover, the unusual immunogenic properties of P3 idiotype could be modified by single mutations of H-CDR residues. Here, we show that DNA gene gun immunization with the P3 VH combined with an unrelated VL domain or with itself (VH dimer, VHD) is enough for inducing anti-idiotypic antibodies, independently of antigen recognition by the resulting molecule. The scFv fragment of P3 mAb was also able to induce an anti-idiotypic response. For both the P3 and the P3 anti-idiotypic 1E10 mAbs, heavy chains dominate the induction of antibodies against the respective idiotypes.