Protein microarrays: A new tool for profiling antibody cross-reactivity

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Human antibodies 02/2005; 14(1-2):7-15.
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Antibody cross-reactivity can compromise interpretation of experiments and derail therapeutic antibody development. Standard techniques such as immunohistochemistry or Western analysis provide important but often inadequate approaches to assess antibody specificity. Protein microarrays are providing a new approach to rapidly characterize antibody cross-reactivity against 1,000s of proteins simultaneously. This review will focus on reported examples of antibody cross-reactivity, methods used to characterize them, and the recent development and use of protein microarrays for assessing antibody specificity.

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    • "However, in the present series of CSF-NIND samples, there was no antigen-specific reactivity for either of the antibodies and the PTR 3 level also was not detected. There are several reports of cross-reactive antibodies that may recognize very similar epitopes from unrelated targets and the antigen-specific antibodies detected in some CSF-OIM may be related to cross reactivity with other infectious microorganisms rather than previous mycobacterial latent infection (Michaud et al. 2003, Predki et al. 2005). In the CSF-OIM of the present series, which were infected with S. pneumoniae and Cryptococcus, a mycobacterial antigen-specific reaction was observed mainly for IgA-16 kDa and the Lionex kit. "
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    • "This may in part explain why certain immune epitopes from the same protein are recognized exclusively in TB+ and not in TB− individuals. Second, there is a vast literature concerning ‘crossreactive’ antibodies that may recognize very similar epitopes from unrelated targets [26], [27] or from closely related proteins, e.g. TB10.3 and TB12.9 in the case of peptides derived from TB10.4 [28]. "
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