Specificity change of antibody to (4-hydroxy-3-nitrophenyl)acetyl haptens by somatic hypermutation.

Change in the specificity of anti-(4-hydroxy-3-nitrophenyl)acetyl (NP) antibodies (Abs) with time after immunization was studied. The early anti-NP Abs was specific to the ionized (phenolate) form of NP. The specificity changed with time and the late Abs became able to bind to the protonated (phenolic) form as well as the phenolate form of NP. The… CONTINUE READING