Antibody Phage Display

Volume 562 of the series Methods in Molecular Biology pp 155-163


Selection of Antibodies Able to Rapidly Enter Mammalian Cells

  • Marie-Alix PoulAffiliated withLaboratoire de Biotechnologie et Pharmacologie Génétique Appliquée (LBPA), UMR CNRS 8113 Email author 

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This chapter outlines a protocol for the selection by phage display of single-chain variable antibody fragments with dual properties-specificity for tumor cells and the ability to be internalized. The protocol is based on a direct incubation of living target cells with antibody phage display libraries under conditions that allow active endocytosis of phage particles by cancer cells as well as recovery of intracellular phage particles that retain infectivity. This “functional” selection helps avoid the isolation of irrelevant phages that may be obtained when selection is performed on heterogeneous material as a source of antigen. Internalizing antibodies recovered from human antibody repertoires are promising reagents for various therapeutic applications including the delivery of drugs to the cytosol of targeted cell populations.

Key words:

Single-chain variable antibody fragment Cancer cell targeting Internalizing antibody