Identification of a novel monoclonal antibody recognizing CD133

Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.
Journal of immunological methods (Impact Factor: 1.82). 09/2010; 361(1-2):110-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jim.2010.07.007
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Human CD133 (prominin-1), a cell surface glycoprotein, is used as a marker of hematopoietic and neural stem cells. Antibodies that recognize a glycosylation-dependent CD133 epitope have been extensively used for enrichment of tumor initiating cells in a variety of cancers. These currently available antibodies are restricted for use in only a subset of biological assays. We have generated a novel anti-human CD133 monoclonal antibody, using a recombinant protein consisting of highly immunogenic amino acid residues selected from the native CD133 protein as an immunogen. The antibody (identified as clone 7) specifically recognizes the CD133 protein in a variety of immunological applications including Western blot, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Further, clone 7 specifically recognizes an unmodified CD133 extracellular domain, and not its glycosylated epitope. In conclusion, the specificity and usefulness in a wide range of applications suggest that clone 7 could be a valuable tool to identify CD133 positive cells as well as to target them for therapy.

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    • "Subcellular Distribution of HC7 and AC133 Epitopes on Polarized and Mitotic Human HSPCs Recently, a novel anti-CD133 antibody has been described whose epitopes, unlike those of classical AC133 and AC141 anti-CD133 antibodies, were claimed to be insensitive to fixation (Swaminathan et al., 2010). Because of our interest in analyzing the subcellular distribution of CD133 on polarized and mitotic HSPCs, we decided to test for the usability of the HC7 antibody in human hematopoietic stem cell research. "
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    • "Here we show that the cytofluorimetrical analysis with anti CD133 antibodies identifies, in the bulk of the cell population, a low basal CD133 expression, and in a small percentage of cells (2-3%), a much higher expression level, making this cell line useful to compare TNBC cells with different levels of CD133 expression. By using antibodies directed against different CD133 epitopes [33,34] and Tunicamycin we ruled out the potential bias arising from variable glycosylation levels and from glycosylation-dependent epitopes in the extracellular portion of CD133 that it was reported to be potentially lost upon differentiation of tumor cells [5]. We also extended the analysis to intracellular CD133 that allowed to definitely confirm the existence, in MDA-MB-231 cells, of a small but stable subpopulation expressing high levels of CD133 in both membrane and cytoplasm compartments. "
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