May 1, 1980

Regulation of monoclonal immunoglobulin G synthesis by antiidiotypic antibody in a patient with hypogammaglobulinemia

The Journal of Clinical Investigation
F MudawwarR S Geha


The regulation of in vitro antibody synthesis by antiidiotypic antibodies was studied in a child with hypogammaglobulinemia and a serum immunoglobulin (Ig)G1 kappa M component. A rabbit antiserum was raised against the purified M component and was rendered idiotype specific by extensive absorption with Cohn fraction II and with IgG derived from the patient's parents. Hemagglutination-inhibition studies demonstrated that less than 1 in 300,000 molecules of pooled human IgG carried M component-related idiotypic determinants. 12% of the patient's B cells, but none of her T cells, expressed idiotypic determinants on their surface. Spontaneous de novo synthesis of the M component by the patient's peripheral blood lymphocytes was demonstrated in vitro and was shown to proceed independently of the polyclonal activator pokeweed mitogen. Antiidiotypic rabbit IgG, but not its F(ab')2, fragments, profoundly inhibited the synthesis of M component by the patient's peripheral blood lymphocytes. We concluded that antiidiotypic antibodies may play a role in the regulation of antibody synthesis in man.

  • References17
  • Citations10

Mentioned in this Paper

Hemagglutination Inhibition Tests
Peripheral Blood
Lymphocytes as Percentage of Blood Leukocytes (Lab Test)
Serum Immunoglobulin A
Lymphoid Cells
Immune Sera
Lambda-x Immunoglobulin

Related Feeds

Antibody Specificity

Antibodies produced by B cells are highly specific for antigen as a result of random gene recombination and somatic hypermutation and affinity maturation. As the main effector of the humoral immune system, antibodies can neutralize foreign cells. Find the latest research on antibody specificity here.