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Eur J Immunol. 1997 Jun;27(6):1557-63.

The repertoire of serum IgM in normal mice is largely independent of external antigenic contact.

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Unité d'Immunobiologie, CNRS URA 1961, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.


Antigen-free (AGF) and germ-free (GF) mice, although essentially free of serum IgG, maintain normal levels of circulating IgM. Using a quantitative immunoblot assay, we have now analyzed the repertoire of serum IgM from AGF, GF, and specific pathogen-free (SPF) BALB/c mice, on large panels of natural antigens from homologous tissues and bacteria. The reactivity profiles were very similar in the three groups of mice. Multiparametric statistic evaluation of the data showed that BALB/c animals, SPF, GF, and AGF mice constitute an homogeneous group with similar immunoreactivity profiles when compared to C57BL/6. Differences between immunoreactivity profiles of GF and AGF mice were observed, but were not statistically significant. These results suggest that the serum IgM repertoire of normal mice is strictly regulated and selected by endogenous ligands.

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