The specificities and the sizes and shapes of the antibody combining sites of the 15 antisera raised against various stearyl-isomaltosyl oligosaccharides were studied by quantitative precipitin and precipitin inhibition. The antibodies precipitated well with dextrans B512 and B1424 but less well with B1299S and B1355S. Only 3 of the 15 antisera reacted with linear dextrans; however, with about 50% of the added antibodies being precipitated, showing that most of the antibodies cannot bind to internal determinants along the dextran molecules and are similar to myeloma protein W3129 in having cavity-type sites which bind only to terminal nonreducing ends of α1 → 6 dextran. Antibodies differing in the sizes of their antibody combining sites were elicited in different rabbits by the same antigen. Of the 15 antisera studied, four have antibody combining sites as large as IM3, five as large as IM4, three as large as IM5 and three as large as IM6. The association constants for various isomaltose oligosaccharides of an antiserum (R-862) showing fewest bands in isoelectric focusing gel were determined by affinity electrophoresis and were comparable to W3129.
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