Antibody Combining Sites: How Much of the Antibody Repertoire are we Seeing? How does it Influence Our Understanding of the Structural and Genetic Basis of Antibody Complimentarity?

  • Elvin A. Kabat
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 228)


Knowledge of monoclonal antibody combining sites and of their specificities and three dimensional structures has been obtained using a variety of materials and sources: These include (1) collections of monoclonal immunoglobulins of various classes from patients with multiple myeloma and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (Eisen et al., 1967; Seligmann and Brouet, 1973; Yoo and Franklin, 1971; Harboe et al., 1975; Freedman et al., 1976; Emmrich et al., 1985; Fink and Galanos, 1985), and cold idiopathic hemagglutinin disease (Williams, 1971; Feizi and Kabat, 1972; Roeleke, 1974), and from BALB/c (Potter, 1971, 1977; Cohn, 1967)or NZB mice (Warner, 1975) injected with paraffin oil; (2) from infrequent mono- or pauciclonal antipolysaccharide responses in rabbits, most frequently to immunization with bacterial vaccines(Osterland et al., 1966; Krause, 1970; Braun et al., 1969; Haber et al., 1975); (3) in humans immunized with various polysaccharides, notably dextrans and levans(Yount et al., 1968); and most recently (4) to almost any antigen in mice by the hybridoma technique(Kohler and Milstein, 1975). The first of these sources provides no intrinsic information as to the specificity of the monoclonal immunoglobulin produced and only in a small proportion of the human and a somewhat larger proportion of the mouse myeloma proteins and macroglobulins have antibody activities been identified.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elvin A. Kabat
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  1. 1.Departments of MicrobiologyHuman Genetics and Development College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesBethsedaUSA

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