State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, College of Biological Sciences, National Engineering Laboratory for Animal Breeding, China Agricultural University, Beijing, People's Republic of China. Electronic address: [Email]
The development of a rapid and efficient system to generate porcine monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is an important step toward the discovery of critical neutralizing targets for designing rational vaccines against porcine viruses. In this study, we established a platform for producing porcine mAbs based on single cell technologies. First, we singled out an optimal donor from 507 pigs based on serum antibody neutralizing activity against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). After identifying the contribution of IgG to the neutralizing activity, single CD45R+IgG+Ag+ B cells were sorted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Single B cell RT-PCR was performed using primers designed to cover the germline repertoire of the porcine VH/VL gene segments. Paired VH/VLs were cloned into a eukaryotic expression vector and transfected into 293T cells. We demonstrate that full-length porcine mAbs were produced, and antigen-specific mAbs were obtained after further validation. The approach reported in this study can be applied to generate porcine mAbs against any given antigen and may help with the screening of neutralizing antibodies against porcine pathogens.