The use of Fab‐masking antigens to enhance the activity of immobilized antibodies

William H. Velander, Anuradha Subramanian, Rapti D. Madurawe, Carolyn L. Orthner

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This study demonstrates that masking the Feb regions of a monoclonal antibody (Mab) with synthetic antigens prior to covalent immobilization efficiency. Water‐soluble adducts of poly(2‐methyloxazoline) polymers and a syntheticpeptide epitope for the Mab were constructed. These synthetic antigens are referred to as Fab‐masking antigents (FMAs). The antibody used in this study is a Ca2+‐dependent murine monoclonal lgG directed against the plasma protein, human protein C (hPC). The FMAs were pre‐equilibrated with Mab in the presence of calcium prior to immobilization and were then removed by EDTA, which destabilized the FMA‐Mab complexes. The antigen binding efficiency and accessibility of the Fab domain of the immobilized antibody was significantly increased for Mab immobilized in the presence of FMA relative to those Mab immobilized without FMA. The increase in binding efficiency was most pronounced for the largest FMA employed. No appreciable differences were detected in the avidity of hPC‐Mab complexes formed by immunosorbents produced by either masked or unmaked antibody. These results provide evidence that orientgation may play an important role in the binding activity of immobilized antibodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1013-1023
Number of pages11
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - Apr 25 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Fab‐masking antigens (FMAs)
  • immunosorbents
  • monoclonal antibody (Mab)
  • poly(2‐methyloxazoline)‐peptide adducts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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