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Transient expression of human antibodies in mammalian cells


Recombinant expression of antibody molecules in mammalian cells offers important advantages over traditionally utilized bacterial expression, including glycosylation required for antibody functionality and markedly reduced levels of endotoxin contamination. Advances in transient mammalian expression systems enable high yields (>100 mg/liter) that now allow for effective recombinant antibody production at a reasonable cost. Here, we provide step-by-step protocols for the design and recombinant expression of full-length IgG antibodies and antibody-derived constructs (including Fab, Fc-fusions and bispecifics) in mammalian cells. Antibody constructs are designed by combining antibody variable domains, generated by phage display or derived from human/humanized monoclonals, with constant regions. The constructs are then expressed from mammalian vectors, secreted into culture media, purified by affinity chromatography and characterized by biolayer interferometry. This article provides detailed protocols, sequences and strategies that allow the expression and purification of endotoxin-free antibody reagents suitable for testing in animal models within a 3-week time frame.

Type Journal
ISBN 1750-2799 (Electronic) 1750-2799 (Linking)
Authors Vazquez-Lombardi, R.; Nevoltris, D.; Luthra, A.; Schofield, P.; Zimmermann, C.; Christ, D.
Responsible Garvan Author Prof Daniel Christ
Publisher Name Nature Protocols
Published Date 2018-01-31
Published Volume 13
Published Issue 1
Published Pages 99-117
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1038/nprot.2017.126
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