Simplified Synthetic Antibody Libraries
ABSTRACT Synthetic antibody libraries are constructed from scratch using designed synthetic DNA. Precise control over design enables the use of highly optimized human frameworks and the introduction of defined chemical diversity at positions that are most likely to contribute to antigen recognition. We describe complete methods for the design, construction, and application of simplified synthetic antibody libraries built on a single human framework with diversity restricted to four complementarity-determining regions and two amino acids (tyrosine and serine). Despite the extreme simplicity of design, these libraries are capable of generating specific antibodies against diverse protein antigens. Moreover, the same methods can be used to build more complex libraries that can produce synthetic antibodies with affinities and specificities beyond the scope of natural antibodies. Most importantly, these simplified methods rely on standard supplies, equipment, and methods that are accessible to any molecular biology laboratory.
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ABSTRACT: Background The de novo design of a novel protein with a particular function remains a formidable challenge with only isolated and hard-to-repeat successes to date. Due to their many structurally conserved features, antibodies are a family of proteins amenable to predictable rational design. Design algorithms must consider the structural diversity of possible naturally occurring antibodies. The human immune system samples this design space (2 1012) by randomly combining variable, diversity, and joining genes in a process known as V-(D)-J recombination. Description By analyzing structural features found in affinity matured antibodies, a database of Modular Antibody Parts (MAPs) analogous to the variable, diversity, and joining genes has been constructed for the prediction of antibody tertiary structures. The database contains 929 parts constructed from an analysis of 1168 human, humanized, chimeric, and mouse antibody structures and encompasses all currently observed structural diversity of antibodies. Conclusions The generation of 260 antibody structures shows that the MAPs database can be used to reliably predict antibody tertiary structures with an average all-atom RMSD of 1.9 Å. Using the broadly neutralizing anti-influenza antibody CH65 and anti-HIV antibody 4E10 as examples, promising starting antibodies for affinity maturation are identified and amino acid changes are traced as antibody affinity maturation occurs.BMC Bioinformatics 05/2013; 14(1):168. DOI:10.1186/1471-2105-14-168 · 2.67 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The human proteome contains a plethora of short linear motifs (SLiMs) that serve as binding interfaces for modular protein domains. Such interactions are crucial for signaling and other cellular processes, but are difficult to detect because of their low to moderate affinities. Here we developed a dedicated approach, proteomic peptide-phage display (ProP-PD), to identify domain-SLiM interactions. Specifically, we generated phage libraries containing all human and viral C-terminal peptides using custom oligonucleotide microarrays. With these libraries we screened the nine PSD-95/Dlg/ZO-1 (PDZ) domains of human Densin-180, Erbin, Scribble, and Disks large homolog 1 for peptide ligands. We identified several known and putative interactions potentially relevant to cellular signaling pathways and confirmed interactions between full-length Scribble and the target proteins β-PIX, plakophilin-4, and guanylate cyclase soluble subunit α-2 using colocalization and coimmunoprecipitation experiments. The affinities of recombinant Scribble PDZ domains and the synthetic peptides representing the C termini of these proteins were in the 1- to 40-μM range. Furthermore, we identified several well-established host-virus protein-protein interactions, and confirmed that PDZ domains of Scribble interact with the C terminus of Tax-1 of human T-cell leukemia virus with micromolar affinity. Previously unknown putative viral protein ligands for the PDZ domains of Scribble and Erbin were also identified. Thus, we demonstrate that our ProP-PD libraries are useful tools for probing PDZ domain interactions. The method can be extended to interrogate all potential eukaryotic, bacterial, and viral SLiMs and we suggest it will be a highly valuable approach for studying cellular and pathogen-host protein-protein interactions.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 02/2014; 111(7):2542-7. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1312296111 · 9.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Specific binding proteins have become essential for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, and traditionally these have been antibodies. Nowadays an increasing number of alternative scaffolds have joined these ranks. These additional folds have raised a lot of interest and expectations within the last decade. It appears that they have come of age and caught up with antibodies in many fields of applications. The last years have seen an exploration of possibilities in research, diagnostics and therapy. Some scaffolds have received further improvements broadening their fields of application, while others have started to occupy their respective niche. Protein engineering, the prerequisite for the advent of all alternative scaffolds, remains the driving force in this process, for both non-immunoglobulins and immunoglobulins alike.Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2014; 27(1):102–112. DOI:10.1016/j.sbi.2014.05.011 · 8.75 Impact Factor