Generation of single-chain Fv antibody fragments against Mu-2-related death-inducing gene in Escherichia coli.


Department of Animal Biotechnology, College of Animal Bioscience and Technology, Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, 05029, Korea. [Email]


Mu-2-related death-inducing (MuD) gene is involved in apoptosis in tumor cells. Although we have previously produced mouse monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) that specifically recognize human MuD, the application scope of MuD MAbs was restricted due to their mouse origin. Therefore, we attempted the generation of single-chain variable fragment (scFv) against MuD. The heavy- and light-chain variable region genes from two MuD hybridomas were isolated by PCR and joined by DNA encoding a (Gly4Ser1)3 linker. These scFv fragments were cloned into a phagemid vector and expressed as E-tagged fusion proteins in Escherichia coli HB2151. The reactivity of selected Abs was evaluated using ELISA. Selected MuDscFv Abs specifically recognized human MuD, retaining ~ 50% potency of the parent MAbs. MuDscFv-M3H9 recognized the middle region of MuD, while MuDscFv-C22B3 recognized a broad region. Intracellular expression of MuDscFvs-C22B3 protected cells from TRAIL-induced apoptosis. These MuDscFv Abs may help in the study of intracellular signaling pathway centered on MuD and of drug use target and points.


Antibody engineering,Apoptosis,E. coli expression,Mu-2-related death-inducing gene,Single-chain variable fragment antibody,