Improved functional immobilization of llama single-domain antibody fragments to polystyrene surfaces using small peptides

M.M. Harmsen, H.P.D. Fijten

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Abstract

We studied the effect of different fusion domains on the functional immobilization of three llama single-domain antibody fragments (VHHs) after passive adsorption to polystyrene in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Three VHHs produced without any fusion domain were efficiently adsorbed to polystyrene, which, however, resulted in inefficient antigen binding. Functional VHH immobilization was improved by VHH fusion to a consecutive myc-His6-tag and was even more improved by fusion to the llama antibody long hinge region containing an additional His6-tag (LHc-His6). The partial dimerization of VHH-LHc-His6 fusion proteins through LHc-mediated disulfide-bond formation was not essential for their improved functional immobilization. VHH fusions to specific polystyrene binding peptides, hydrophobins, or other, unrelated VHH domains were less suitable for increasing functional VHH immobilization because of reduced microbial expression levels. Thus, VHH-LHc-His6 fusion proteins are most suited for functional passive adsorption in ELISA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-251
JournalJournal of Immunoassay and Immunochemistry
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • linked-immunosorbent-assay
  • escherichia-coli
  • passive-immunization
  • mouth-disease
  • in-vitro
  • microarrays
  • strategies
  • bivalent
  • pigs
  • hydrophobins

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