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Applying biotin-streptavidin binding for iscom (immunostimulating complex) association of recombinant immunogens
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Molecular Biotechnology.
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2005 (English)In: Biotechnology and applied biochemistry, ISSN 0885-4513, E-ISSN 1470-8744, Vol. 41, 163-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have previously reported strategies for Escherichia coli production of recombinant immunogens fused to hydrophobic peptide or lipid tags to improve their capacity to be incorporated into an adjuvant formulation. In the present study, we have explored the strong interaction between biotin and SA (streptavidin) (K-D approximate to 10(-15) M) to couple recombinant immunogens to iscoms (immunostimulating complexes). Two different concepts were evaluated. In the first concept, a His(6)-tagged SA fusion protein (His(6)-SA) was bound to Ni2+-loaded iscom matrix (iscom without associated protein), and biotinylated immunogens were thereafter associated with the SA-coated iscoms. The immunogens were either biotinylated in vivo on E. coli expression or double biotinylated in vivo and in vitro. In the second concept, the recombinant immunogens were expressed as SA fusion proteins, which were directly bound to a biotinylated iscom matrix. A 53-amino-acid malaria peptide (M), derived from the central repeat region of the Plasmodium faiciparum blood-stage antigen Pf155/RESA, and a 232-amino-acid segment (SRS2') from the central region (from Pro-97 to Lys-328) of the major surface antigen NcSRS2 of the protozoan parasite Neospora caninum, served as model immunogens in the present study. All fusion proteins generated were found to be efficiently expressed and could be recovered to high purity using affinity chromatography. The association between the different immunogen-containing fusion proteins and the corresponding iscom matrix was demonstrated by analytical ultracentrifugation in a sucrose density gradient. However, some fusion proteins were, to a certain extent, also found to associate unspecifically with a regular iscom matrix. Furthermore, selected iscom fractions were demonstrated to induce high-titre antigen-specific antibody responses on immunization of mice. For the particular target immunogen SRS2', the induced antibodies demonstrated reactivity to the native antigen NcSRS2. We believe that the presented concepts offer convenient methods to achieve efficient adjuvant association of recombinant immunogens, and the advantages and disadvantages of the two concepts are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 41, 163-174 p.
Keyword [en]
biotin, iscom, Neospora caninum, Plasmodium falciparum, streptavidin, subunit vaccine
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5175DOI: 10.1042/BA20040060ISI: 000228313600009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-17244382312OAI: diva2:7983
QC 20111005Available from: 2005-05-30 Created: 2005-05-30 Last updated: 2012-01-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Rational and combinatorial protein engineering for vaccine delivery and drug targeting
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rational and combinatorial protein engineering for vaccine delivery and drug targeting
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes recombinant proteins that have been generated by rational and combinatorial protein engineering strategies for use in subunit vaccine delivery and tumor targeting.

In a first series of studies, recombinant methods for incorporating immunogens into an adjuvant formulation, e.g. immunostimulating complexes (iscoms), were evaluated. Protein immunogens, which are not typically immunogenic in themselves, are normally administered with an adjuvant to improve their immunogenicity. To accomplish iscom incorporation of a Toxoplasma gondii surface antigen through hydrophobic interaction, lipids were added either in vivo via E. coli expression, or in vitro via interaction of an introduced hexahistidyl (His6) peptide and a chelating lipid. The possibility of exploiting the strong interaction between biotin and streptavidin was also explored, in order to couple a Neospora caninum surface antigen to iscom matrix, i.e. iscom particles without any antigen. Subsequent analyses confirmed that the immunogens were successfully incorporated into iscoms by the investigated strategies. In addition, immunization of mice with the recombinant Neospora antigen NcSRS2, associated with iscoms through the biotin-streptavidin interaction, induced specific antibodies to native NcSRS2 and reduced clinical symptoms following challenge infection. The systems described in this thesis might offer convenient and efficient methods for incorporating recombinant immunogens into adjuvant formulations that might be considered for the generation of future recombinant subunit vaccines.

In a second series of studies, Affibody® (affibody) ligands directed to the extracellular domain of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2/neu), which is known to be overexpressed in ∼ 20-30% of breast cancers, were isolated by phage display in vitro selection from a combinatorial protein library based on the 58 amino acid residue staphylococcal protein A-derived Z domain. Biosensor analyses demonstrated that one of the variants from the phage selection, denoted His6-ZHER2/neu:4, selectively bound with nanomolar affinity (KD ≈ 50 nM) to the extracellular domain of HER2/neu (HER2-ECD) at a different site than the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab. In order to exploit avidity effects, a bivalent affibody ligand was constructed by head-to-tail dimerization, resulting in a 15.6 kDa affibody ligand, termed His6-(ZHER2/neu:4)2, that was shown to have an improved apparent affinity to HER2-ECD (KD ≈ 3 nM) compared to the monovalent affibody. Moreover, radiolabeled monovalent and bivalent affibody ligands showed specific binding in vitro to native HER2/neu molecules expressed in human cancer cells. Biodistribution studies in mice carrying SKOV-3 xenografted tumors revealed that significant amounts of radioactivity were specifically targeted to the tumors in vivo, and the tumors could easily be visualized with a gamma camera. These results suggest that affibody ligands would be interesting candidates for specific tumor targeting in clinical applications, such as in vivo imaging and radiotherapy.

Biomedicine, affibody, affinity chromatography, biotin, combinatorial, delivery, phage display, Biomedicin
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Microbiology in the medical area
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-231 (URN)91-7178-003-3 (ISBN)
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2005-06-03, Sal FD5, AlbaNova, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:00
Available from: 2005-05-30 Created: 2005-05-30 Last updated: 2012-03-22

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