Identification of a putative shared epitope between Coxsackie virus B4 and alpha cardiac myosin heavy chain.

Abstract

Molecular mimicry is an important postulated mechanism for autoimmunity in viral myocarditis. The 356-1 monoclonal antibody neutralizes Coxsackie virus B4 by binding to the VP1 protein and cross-reacts with mouse alpha cardiac myosin heavy chain. We used this monoclonal antibody to screen a lambda gt11 expression library made from CD-1 mouse hearts. Of the… (More)

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