Isolation and Recombinant Expression of an MHV-JHM Neutralising Monoclonal Antibody
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The monoclonal antibody A1 (mab A1) efficiently neutralises the infection of susceptible cells by the murine hepatitis virus MHV-JHM in vitro and in vivo (Wege et al., 1984). The variable regions of mab A1 were amplified from mRNA of the respective hybridoma cell line by RT-PCR and integrated into different eukaryotic expression vectors. The biological function of the recombinant antibody constructs was verified by virus neutralisation assays. Whereas a complete recombinant antibody (mab A1rec.) expressed in transfected murine myeloma cells inhibited the MHV-JHM infection as well as the parental antibody, a single-chain Fv derived from mab A1 did not show any neutralising activity.
KeywordsEukaryotic Expression Vector Virus Plaque Light Chain Protein Virus Dilution Murine Hepatitis Virus
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