Role of Ly-6 in lymphocyte activation. I. Characterization of a monoclonal antibody to a nonpolymorphic Ly-6 specificity

G. Ortega, P. E. Korty, E. M. Shevach, T. R. Malek

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In studies with alloantisera and monoclonal antibodies (mAb) a number of antigenic determinants have been defined that are the products of the Ly-6 locus on murine chromosome 2 and that are expressed primarily on B and T lymphoid cells. It remains controversial whether these antigenic determinants are encoded by a single gene or a multigene complex. We have characterized a new rat mAb, D7, which recognizes a cell surface antigen whose expression on nonactivated peripheral lymphocytes varies from strain to strain. The phenotype of the staining profile, i.e., high or low percentage of D7-positive cells, mapped to the Ly-6 locus as assayed by strain distribution studies, RI lines, and Ly-6 congenic strains. The binding of D7 to Ly-6.1-positive strains could be inhibited by mAb directed to the Ly-6E.1 specificity, whereas D7 could inhibit the binding of mAb specific for Ly-6A.2 to cells from Ly-6.2-positive strains. Coprecipitation studies followed by Western blot analysis confirmed that D7 reacts with both Ly-6E.1- and Ly-6A.2-bearing molecules. The most likely explanation for these findings is that Ly-6A.2 and Ly-6E.1 represent allelic specificities. Further dissection of the complexity of the Ly-6 antigen system and determination of its possible functional importance in lymphocyte activation should be greatly facilitated by the availability of xenogeneic mAb that recognize framework determinants on multiple Ly-6 products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3240-3246
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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