Antigen 2 (Ag2) has been implicated as a T-cell-reactive component of the pathogenic fungus Coccidioides immitis. We report the production of a murine monoclonal antibody (MAb) of the immunoglobulin G2a isotype that recognizes an epitope specific to C. immitis Ag2. This specificity was evidenced by the finding that the MAb did not recognize other antigens present in coccidioidin or spherulin and did not show reactivity with antigenic extracts from Histoplasma capsulatum or Blastomyces dermatitidis. The epitope was labile to enzymatic digestion with pronase but resistant to treatment with glycolytic enzymes and to periodate oxidation. This peptide epitope appears to require conformational structure on the basis that it was not recognized by the MAb in immunoblots of antigen that had been electrophoresed in polyacrylamide gels under denaturing, reducing conditions. Immunoaffinity chromatography of spherulin on columns containing the MAb established that the MAb was effective as a ligand for isolating Ag2 from heterogeneous extracts. The production of a MAb which recognizes an Ag2-specific epitope and its utility as a ligand for isolating Ag2 will provide a valuable reagent for studies of this immunologically important antigen.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Infection and Immunity|
|State||Published - 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases