Generation of monoclonal antibodies against soluble human T cell receptor polypeptides

Brigitte Devaux, Pamela J. Bjorkman, Christine Stevenson, William Greif, John F. Ellio, Charles Sagerström, Carol Clayberger, Alan M. Krensky, Mark M. Davis*

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One approach to the diagnosis and therapy of T cell‐mediated diseases is to develop reagents specific for T cell receptor (TcR) variable (V) regions. To date, however, TcR expressed on the surface of antigen‐specific T lymphocytes have proven to be poorly immunogenic. As a result, few monoclonal antibodies (mAb) recognizing human variable regions are available. In this report, we have used the “phosphatidylinositol linkage” strategy to generate soluble forms of two human allogeneic TcR derived from human cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) known to be specific for HLA‐A2 and HLA‐Aw68/HLA‐Aw69, respectively. Monomeric TcR α and ß chains from the HLA‐A2‐specific CTL were purified in large quantities from CHO cells and each was used to immunize mice to generate mAb. In particular, the anti‐β chain mAb, denoted anti‐Vβ13, stain a significant (≈ 5%) fraction of human peripheral blood α/β T lymphocytes, immunoprecipitate native anti‐A2 TcR molecules, and activate T cells transfected with the relevant α and β chain cDNA. Anti‐α chain mAb were also obtained against a constant region determinant which can immunoprecipitate detergent‐solubilized polypeptides. In general, we find that immunizations with soluble protein are far superior to those with cells bearing TcR chimeras or in combination with the purified protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2111-2119
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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