Detection of membrane-bound HLA-G translated products with a specific monoclonal antibody

Armand Bensussan, Indra Gusti Mansur, Valérie Mallet, Anne Marie Rodriguez, Maryse Girr, Elisabeth H. Weiss, Gottfried Brem, Laurence Boumsell, Eliane Gluckman, Jean Dausset, Edgardo Carosella, Philippe Le Bouteiller

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A monomorphic anti-HLA-G monoclonal antibody (mAb) was obtained by immunization of HLA-B27/human β2-microglobulin double-transgenic mice with transfected murine L cells expressing both HLA-G and human β2- microglobulin. This mAb, designated BFL.1, specifically recognizes, by flow cytometry analysis, the immunizing HLA-G-expressing cells, whereas it does not bind to parental untransfected or to HLA-B7- and HLA-A3-transfected L cells, suggesting that it distinguishes between classical HLA-A and -B and nonclassical HLA-G class I molecules. This was further assessed by the absence of BFL.1 reactivity with a number of human cell lines known to express classical HLA class I proteins. In addition, we showed that the BFL.1 mAb also labels HLA-G-naturally-expressing JEG-3 and HLA-G-transfected JAR human choriocarcinoma cell lines as well as a subpopulation of first- trimester placental cytotrophoblast cells. Further biochemical studies were performed by immunoprecipitation of biotinylated membrane lysates: BFL.1, like the monomorphic W6/32 mAb, immunoprecipitated a 39-kDa protein in HLA- G-expressing cell lines, a size corresponding to the predicted full-length HLA-G1 isoform. However, in contrast to W6/32, which immunoprecipitates both classical and nonclassical HLA class I heavy chains, BFL.1 mAb does not recognize the class Ia products. Such a mAb should be a useful tool for analysis of HLA-G protein expression in various normal and pathological human tissues and for determination of the function(s) of translated HLA-G products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10292-10296
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 1995


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