Section 47
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Molecular cloning of agonistic and antagonistic monoclonal antibodies against human 4-1BB

Lee, U.-H.; Kwack, K.B.; Park, J.-W.; Kwon, B.S.

European Journal of Immunogenetics Official Journal of the British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 29(5): 449-452


ISSN/ISBN: 0960-7420
PMID: 12358859
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2370.2002.00351.x
Accession: 046712216

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Previously, we prepared two different monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against human 4-1BB (CD137): an agonistic mAb BBK-1 and an antagonistic mAb BBK-2. In this paper, we describe the molecular cloning of these two mAbs and present comparisons of their amino acid sequences. cDNAs encoding the heavy (H) and light (L) chains of the two mAbs were cloned by screening of cDNA libraries constructed from hybridomas secreting these mAbs. Comparisons of amino acid sequences of the two mAbs showed that, while the constant regions of the H and L chains were identical between the two mAbs, the variable region showed 45% identity in H chains and 48% identity in L chains. This suggests that these two mAbs recognize different epitopes of 4-1BB and may have different effects on the activity of 4-1BB.

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