Production of Anti-c-Myc Monoclonal Antibody Inhibiting DNA Binding of c-Myc and Max Dimer by Epitope Peptide–CpG-DNA–Liposome Complex Without Carriers

  • Byoung Kwon Park
  • Avishekh Gautam
  • Sony Maharjan
  • Su In Lee
  • Younghee Lee
  • Hyung-Joo KwonEmail author


The c-Myc protein is diversely involved in normal cellular function, and its deregulation has been implicated in several cancers. Therefore, c-Myc is a validated target for anti-cancer therapeutics. Here, we developed a monoclonal antibody specific to an epitope involved in the protein–protein interaction and DNA binding of c-Myc. We selected two candidate epitopes based on the antigenicity prediction and 3-D structure of c-Myc and successfully obtained a c-Myc-specific monoclonal IgG2a antibody clone. Based on the immunoprecipitation assay, the antibody recognized overexpressed c-Myc as well as endogenously expressed c-Myc in cell lines. The antibody co-immunoprecipitated Max showing that the antibody can recognize the c-Myc-Max heterodimer in solution. The results from the ELISA-based DNA binding assay revealed that treatment with the monoclonal antibody inhibits the binding activity of c-Myc. Therefore, we suggest that our anti-c-Myc monoclonal antibody can be used as a starting material for the development of an anti-cancer drug targeting c-Myc.


B cell epitope MAb Max C-Myc 



This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning in the Republic of Korea (NRF-2015R1A2A2A01007209, 2014M3C1A3051473, 2016M3A9B6916708, 2009-0093812). Byoung Kwon Park was supported by the Hallym University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program of 2017 (HLM-PF-2017-0001).

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Byoung Kwon Park, Avishekh Gautam, Sony Maharjan, Su In Lee, Younghee Lee and Hyung-Joo Kwon confirm that this article content has no conflicts of interest.

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All institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. All procedures performed in studies involving animals were approved by the institutional animal ethical committee. This article does not include any studies using human subjects.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Medical Science Research, College of MedicineHallym UniversityChuncheonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology, College of MedicineHallym UniversityChuncheonRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry, College of Natural SciencesChungbuk National UniversityCheongjuRepublic of Korea

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