PMID: 6777722Jan 1, 1980

Cross-reacting antigens of the mammalian ovular zona pellucida

M Sh VerbitskiĭV R Babaev


Antigens of zona pellucida (ZP) of different mammalian species, including the man, were studied by means of various immunochemical methods. The analysis was carried out using rabbit antisera to the pig, mouse, guenon and Java macaque eggs. After immunoadsorption (by blood serum and tissue extracts) these anti-ZP-sera reacted with water-insoluble ZP components only (in immunofluorescence). The adsorbed anti-ZP-sera were specific not only to homologous ZP, but also to ZP of other mammalian species. The spectrum of antigens of the ape ZP was most closely related to that of human ZP. The pig eggs contained antigens common with the human ZP as well. The antiserum to the mouse ZP did not react with ZP of man, ape, pig, cow, rabbit and other species under study. The blood of sterile women contained the antibodies reacting (in immunofluorescence) with ZP of mouse, pig, guinea pig, sheep and man (very weakly). The data obtained suggest the complexity of antigenic mosaic of the mammalian ZP including both "cross-reacting" (common) antigens and species specific ones.

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