Date: 05 May 2012

Generation and Characterization of Monoclonal Antibodies Specific for Vaccinia Virus

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Monoclonal antibodies to specific vaccinia virus (VACV) proteins are valuable reagents in studies of VACV. In this chapter, we describe methods of generating a panel of monoclonal antibodies that recognize a variety of VACV proteins in their native conformation in infected cells. The antibodies thus generated recognize mostly VACV proteins that are involved in virion assembly or/and are major antigens in smallpox vaccine. These antibodies are useful for tracking distinct steps in virion assembly and for studying the B cell epitopes in smallpox vaccine.