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J Immunol Methods. 1982 Dec 30;55(3):375-87.

Production of rabbit antibody specific for amino-terminal residues of cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) by selective suppression of cross-reactive antibody response.


Antibody specific for the amino-terminal region of cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) was generated in a highly reproducible way in New Zealand white rabbits by a novel immunization procedure which involves immunization with CCK-8 peptide conjugate coupled with keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) and inhibiting cross-reacting antibody formation by treatment of the animals with a potent tolerogenic conjugate of beta-alanyl-tetragastrin and a copolymer of D-glutamic acid and D-lysine (D-GL). The antisera thus produced specifically react with an amino-terminal region of CCK-8 but not with the non-sulfate form of CCK-8, nor with the carboxy-terminal region which shares a cross-reactive determinant among gastrin and cholecystokinin-related peptides (caerulein, CCK-4, CCK-8, CCK-33 and CCK-39). The antisera produced by this method allowed us to measure specifically CCK in extracts from tissue such as duodenum containing gastrin and CCK at comparable levels.

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