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Rheumatoid factors react with Fab fragments of monoclonal antibodies to herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 Fc gamma-binding proteins.

Human polyclonal IgM rheumatoid factors (RF) were tested in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with monoclonal antibodies (MAb) (II-481 and B10/A8) to glycoprotein E (gE), the Fc gamma-binding protein of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), as well as with MAb 88-S to gE of HSV-2. Most of the RF reacted with II-481 and 88-S. Positive reactions were recorded for RF reacting with whole MAb II-481 and 88-S, as well as with their Fab, but not their Fc, fragments. Human monoclonal IgM RF isolated from mixed cryoglobulins showed a similar profile, with reactivity for both whole MAb II-481 and 88-S and for their Fab fragments. Reactivity with MAb to gE was observed regardless of the Gm specificity of the polyclonal RF and the cross-reactive idiotypes (6B6, 17.109, or G6) of the monoclonal RF. No positive reactions were noted between protein A and Fab fragments of any of the anti-gE MAb. These findings indicate that many RF may bear the internal image of the Fc gamma-binding regions of 2 different herpesviruses: HSV-1 and HSV-2.[1]


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