Two IgM monoclonal antibodies (McAb) that recognized distinct antigenic determinants of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) were shown to share idiotypes. Seven other IgM McAb generated to either HSV2 or the major envelope glycoprotein of HSV2, VP119, did not express this shared idiotype. The idiotypic determinants were associated with the antibody-combining site, because HSV2 inhibited the idiotype-anti-idiotype reactions. Anti-HSV2 sera raised in BALB/c mice also expressed the idiotype shared by the two anti-HSV2 McAb.

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