Focus of Research: Lymphoma Oncogene/Tumor Suppressor Gene Discovery
Harvard Medical School
Co-Authors Ying, SC, Marchalonis, JJ, Gewurz, AT, Siegel, JN, Jiang, H, Gewurz, H
Limulus polyphemus C-reactive protein (CRP) (limulin) has approximately 30% amino acid sequence homology and shares at least one idiotypic determinant associated with ligand-binding activity with human CRP (hCRP); limulin also shares amino acid sequence homology and lectin activity with human serum amyloid P component (hSAP). In the present study panels of 14 anti-hCRP monoclonal antibodies (mAb) directed to distinct hCRP epitopes and 11 anti-hSAP mAb directed to distinct epitopes of hSAP were tested for reactivity with limulin and pentraxins of other species including rabbit CRP (raCRP), rat CRP and hamster female protein (FP) by ELISA and Western blot analyses. None of the anti-human pentraxin mAb showed strong cross-reactivity with limulin; only five mAb reacted with limulin at all, and cross-reactivities of these mAb with the other pentraxins, when present, also were weak. Cross-reactivity of limulin with hCRP and hSAP was similar, and in light of comparable amino acid sequence homology, suggests this molecule can be considered the limulus SAP as well as the limulus CRP. Several anti-hCRP mAb cross-reacted strongly with rabbit CRP and rat CRP; a few anti-hSAP cross-reacted strongly with FP; and weak cross-reactions were observed between hCRP and hSAP, but cross-reactivities between the pentraxins generally were limited and weak. A rabbit polyclonal antibody raised to highly conserved limulin peptide 141-156 and strongly reactive with limulin reacted weakly with hCRP and raCRP but failed to react with rat CRP, hSAP or FP. These studies emphasize a limited but distinct antigenic similarity between limulin, hCRP and other pentraxins, and identify mAb reactive with potential regions of shared structure and/or function between pentraxins of different species.
Immunology. 1992 Jun;76(2):324-30