The use of the bovine allo-antisera in lymphocyte microcytotoxicity assays suggests that there is a single highly polymorphic class I product expressed by the BoLA system encoded by one locus. In contrast, biochemical techniques, such as 1D-IEF, reveal a complex pattern of bands for BoLA class I molecules from each animal. In order to understand the origins of this heterogeneity bovine allo-antisera were used in the immunoprecipitation step of 1D-IEF and the results compared with those from immunoprecipitation using the monoclonal antibody W6/32.
By modifying existing protocols to include Gammabind G a range of bovine allo-antisera were used successfully to immunoprecpitate bovine MHC class I molecules. The results indicate that the bovine allo-antisera do not recognize all molecules previously assigned to BoLA class I serotypes by 1D-IEF. Furthermore, some of the allo-antisera immunoprecipitated molecules are not recognized by W6/32 and vice versa. This suggests that more than one polymorphic locus is expressed from the bovine MHC and that each allo-antiserum recognizes molecules encoded by different loci. Examination of the results also suggests the existence of linkage disequilibrium in the BoLA class I region.
- MAJOR HISTOCOMPATIBILITY COMPLEX
- LYMPHOCYTE ANTIGENS BOLA
- JOINT REPORT