Primary sequence determination and molecular modelling of the variable region of an antiMUC1 mucin monoclonal antibody

G. Denton, G. M. Davies, M. J. Scanlon, S. J.B. Tendier, M. R. Price

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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products representative of the DNA sequence coding for the variable heavy (vH) and the variable light (VL) chains of an antiMUCl mucin monoclonal antibody, C595, have been produced. These products were cloned, sequenced, and the primary amino acid sequences of the VH and VL regions deduced. The hypervariable complementarity determining regions (CDRs) and framework regions in the heavy and light chains were located, and homologies with canonical forms for the CDR loops L1, L2, L3, H1 and H2 were identified by database searching. The structure for the H3 loop was calculated directly. Computational molecular modelling was accomplished using the fully automated AbM package (Oxford Molecular, Oxford, U.K.). Energy minimisation was performed using the program Insightll (Biosym, San Diego, California, U.S.A.). The investigation provides a basis for the molecular analysis of the antigen binding site of the C595 antibody with the aim to identify key residues and interactions involved in the immune recognition of the C595 antibody defined epitope, which is expressed in the majority of breast and ovarian carcinomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

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