The affinity of interaction between two monoclonal antibodies and a synthetic peptide representing the C-terminal 23 residues of the heavy chain (HA1) of influenza virus hemagglutinin were determined using an air-driven ultracentrifuge. The technique makes use of common laboratory equipment and is based on sound theoretical principles. Because the method does not rely on the solid-phase immobilisation of one of the interacting species, it circumvents problems associated with ELISA-like assays, which, in the case of peptides, may involve the immobilisation of ligand through association of amino acid residues necessary for recognition by antibody. The technique should be applicable to the study of a wide range of ligand-acceptor systems. Because only one of the reagents needs to be pure to allow labelling, prior purification of the biological receptor is not necessary. The method also lends itself to inhibition experiments in which the effects of various homologs on the binding event can be examined in a way which permits an evaluation of potential agonists and antagonists.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Biomedical Peptides, Proteins & Nucleic Acids: Structure, Synthesis & Biological Activity|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1994|