Recombinant antineuraminidase single chain antibody: Expression, characterization, and crystallization in complex with antigen

Robyn L. Malby, J. Bruce Caldwell, L. Clem Gruen, Vincent R. Harley, Neva Ivancic, Alexander A Kortt, Glenn G. Lilley, Barbara E. Power, Robert G. Webster, Peter M. Colman, Peter J. Hudson

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The variable heavy (VH) and variable light (VL) genes of NC10, a monoclonal antibody with specificity toward N9 neuraminidase (NA), were cloned and sequenced. A single chain Fv (scFv) fragment of NC10, consisting of VH and VL domains joined by a peptide linker, was designed, constructed and expressed in the E. coli expression vector pPOW. The N‐terminal secretion signal PelB directed the synthesized protein into the periplasm where it was associated with the insoluble membrane fraction. An octapeptide (FLAG) tail was fused to the C‐terminus of the single chain Fv to aid in its detection and remained intact throughout the protein purification process. NC10 scFv was purified by solubilization of the E. coli membrane fraction with guanidinium hydrochloride followed by column chromatography. The purified NC10 scFv showed binding affinity for its antigen, NA, 2‐fold lower than that of the parent Fab. The complex between NA and the scFv has been crystallized by the vapor diffusion method. The crystals are tetragonal, space group P4212, with unit cell dimensions a = b = 141 Å, c = 218 Å. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
JournalProteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • antibody domain
  • antigen‐antibody complex
  • binding affinity
  • recombinant DNA
  • X‐ray crystallography

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