Published 2002

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Journal : Developmental and Comparative Immunology , vol. 26 , p. 201–206 , 2002

International Standard Numbers :
Printed : 0145-305X
Electronic : 1879-0089

Publication type : Academic article

Contributors : Jørgensen, T. O.; Solem, Stein Tore; Espelid, Sigrun; Warr, G. W.; Brandsdal, Bjørn Olav; Smalås, Arne Oskar

Issue : 2

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Cloning and sequencing the cDNA of around 50 VH (VDJ) and 15 VL genes in Atlantic salmon demonstrated nine VH families (above 80% identity within each family) and one dominating but relatively diverse VL family in this species. The highest variability of the VH was seen in the CDR3, but CDR2 also expressed a modest variability. The 'whole' antibody repertoire was expressed as single chain Fv (scFv) in a phage display library by combining 12 VH and two VL specific primers (FR1/mul and FR1/CL, respectively). The PCR products (VH and VL) were ligated (with a G-rich spacer) into the lambda Surf-Zap (Stratagene) vector and expressed as a surface fusion protein on the M13 phage. Anti-TNP and anti-FITC specific scFv clones were isolated by panning using hapten-coated magnetic beads and the coding DNA sequenced. The specificities of the anti-TNP and anti-FITC clones were similar to mouse monoclonal antibodies. 3D-models of the active sites (CDRs) of the anti-TNP and anti-FITC clones suggest hapten-interacting structures of the salmon antibody site similar to mammalian antibodies. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.