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Weissenhorn, Winfried; Cheng, Y. H.; Riethmüller, Gert; Rieber, Ernst Peter and Weiss, Elisabeth H. (1992): VH-RELATED IDIOTOPES DETECTED BY SITE-DIRECTED MUTAGENESIS. A Study Induced by the Failure to Find CD4 Anti-Idiotypic AntibodieMs imicking the Cellular Receptor of HIV. In: Journal of Immunology, Vol. 149: pp. 1237-1241 [PDF, 654kB]


The function of the CD4 cell surface protein as coreceptor on T helper lymphocytes and as receptor for HIV makes this glycoprotein a prime target for an immune intervention with mAb. A detailed understanding of the structural determinants on the therapeutic CD4 mAb that are involved in Ag binding or are recognized by anti-idiotypic mAb (anti-Id) may be important for designing antibodies with optimal therapeutic efficacy. Seven anti-Id raised against the CD4 mAb M-T310 were selected from a large panel with the intention to obtain CD4 mimicking structures with specificity foHr IV gp120. The selected anti-Id did not reacwt ith other CDCspecific mAb cross-blocking M-T310. Among these, mAb MT404, although having the same L chain as M-T310 and a VH region sequence differing onlya t 14 amino acid positions, was not recognized by the anti-Id. MT310 H chain complexed with the J558L L chain reacted with all anti-Id, thus demonstrating that the recognized idiotopes are located within the VH region. To identify the idiotopes of M-T310 seen by the anti-Id, variants of M-T404 containing one or more of the M-T3 1 O-derived substitutions were generated by oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis. The reactivity pattern of the mutant proteins with the anti-Id demonstrated that the idiotopes reside within the complementarity determining region (CDR) 2 and CDR3 loops of the VH region. A major idiotope was definebdy a single amino acid in CDR2 that was recognized by three anti-Id, whereas the four other anti-Id reacted with determinants of CDR3. Although the performed amino acid substitutions did influence the Id recognition, Ag binding was not significantly affected, suggesting that none of the anti-Id can be considered as a mimicry of the CD4 Ag

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