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Characterization of two new monoclonal antibodies against human papillomavirus type 16 L1 protein

Characterization of two new monoclonal antibodies against human papillomavirus type 16 L1 protein

Yan Wang, Qinglong Shang, Weizhen Xu, Di Li, Hongxi Gu and Lanlan Wei

Background: Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) infection is implicated in cervical carcinogenesis. This study aimed to characterize two new monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against HPV L1 protein. Methods: The immunocompetence of AE3 and AG7 mAbs for HPV L1 protein was evaluated by Western blot analysis, immunostaining, hemagglutination inhibition assay, and ELISA. The heavy chain variable region (VH) and light chain variable region (VL) of AE3 and AG7 mAbs were sequenced and analyzed. Results: Both mAbs specifically recognized HPV16 L1 and virus-like particles (VLPs). Both the affinity and the titer of AE3 mAb were higher than that of AG7. There were differences in sequences in the complementary determining regions (CDR) 2 and 3 of VL, as well as in the CDR1 and CDR3 of VH. The two mAbs have distinct predicted three-dimensional structures. Conclusions: We characterized two mAbs neutralizing antibodies for HPV L1 protein, which would help develop genetic-engineered neutralizing antibodies against HPV16 for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Diagnostic Pathology 2014, 9:101 doi:10.1186/1746-1596-9-101

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