Cloning, sequence analysis and confirmation of derived gene sequences for three epitope-mapped monoclonal antibodies against human phagocyte flavocytochrome b

Ross M. Taylor, Walid S.A. Maaty, Connie I. Lord, Trinity Hamilton, James B. Burritt, Brian Bothner, Algirdas J. Jesaitis

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The integral membrane protein flavocytochrome b (Cyt b) is the catalytic core of the NADPH oxidase complex, a multicomponent enzyme system that initiates a cascade of reactive oxygen species that play a critical role in innate immunity and vascular physiology. Epitope-mapped, monoclonal antibodies (mAb) that recognize the large (gp91phox) and small (p22phox) subunits of Cyt b provide valuable reagents that have been used to examine structural and mechanistic aspects of oxidase function. In the present study, the heavy and light chain variable region genes of the Cyt b-specific mAbs 44.1, NS5, and NL7 have been amplified by RT-PCR, cloned and subject to DNA sequence analysis. Since the 5′ degenerate primer sets used for mAb gene amplification were observed to introduce extensive heterogeneity into the heavy and light chain FR1 regions, N-terminal protein sequence analysis was also conducted to obtain the correct amino acid sequence of this region. In order to confirm the identity of the cloned genes, intact mAbs were resolved by two-dimensional electrophoresis and subject to in-gel tryptic digestion for analysis by both MALDI and nanospray LC-MS/MS. Databases searches using the derived mAb sequences predicted residues comprising CDR loops, identified candidate germline genes, and showed the respective germline genes to accurately predict the N-terminal amino acid residues for each variable region. The above studies report the amino acid sequence of Cyt b-specific mAb variable region genes with high confidence and provide essential information for future efforts at Cyt b structure analysis by resonance energy transfer and X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-637
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the expert assistance of Dr. Rachel Neal (Montana State University) with the mass spectrometry studies, Dr. Phil Ryan (Macromolecular Resources, Fort Collins, CO) for conducting the N-terminal sequence analysis and the Murdock Charitable Trust for their generous support of the Montana State University Mass Spectrometry Facility. This work was supported by an Arthritis Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, American Heart Scientist Development Grant 0630253N (R.M.T.), American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant 30156 (J.B.B.), RO1 AI 26711, and RO1 AI 22735 (A.J.J).


  • Antibodies
  • Cloning
  • Flavocytochrome b
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Sequence


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