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Kumar, R and Kumari, R and Khan, L and Sankhyan, A and Parray, HA and Tiwari, A and Wig, N and Sinha, S and Luthra, K (2019) Isolation and Characterization of Cross-Neutralizing Human Anti-V3 Single-Chain Variable Fragments (scFvs) Against HIV-1 from an Antigen Preselected Phage Library. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 187 (3). pp. 1011-1027.


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Recently conducted human phase- I trials showed protective effect of anti-HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). The V3 region of the HIV-1 envelope is highly conserved as it is the co-receptor binding site, and is highly immunogenic. Recombinant single-chain antibody fragments (scFvs) can serve as potential tools for construction of chimeric/bispecific antibodies that can target different epitopes on the HIV-1 envelope. Previously, we have constructed a V3 specific human scFv phage recombinant library by a combinational approach of Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) transformation and antigen (V3) preselection, using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), from a subtype C HIV-1 infected antiretroviral naive donor. In the present study, by biopanning this recombinant scFv phage library with V3B (subtype B) and V3C (subtype C) peptides, we identified unique cross reactive anti-V3 scFv monoclonals. These scFvs demonstrated cross-neutralizing activity when tested against subtype A, subtype B, and subtype C viruses. Further, molecular modeling of the anti-V3 scFvs with V3C and V3B peptides predicted their sites of interaction with the scFvs, providing insights for future immunogen design studies. A large collection of such monoclonal antibody fragments with diverse epitope specificities can be useful immunotherapeutic reagents along with antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV-1 infection and disease progression.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neuro-Oncological Disorders
Neurocognitive Processes
Neuronal Development and Regeneration
Informatics and Imaging
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Depositing User: Dr. D.D. Lal
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 09:44
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2020 08:52
URI: http://nbrc.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/440

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