Neoepitope Antibodies Against MMP-Cleaved and Aggrecanase-Cleaved Aggrecan

  • Amanda J. Fosang
  • Karena Last
  • Heather Stanton
  • Suzanne B. Golub
  • Christopher B. Little
  • Lorena Brown
  • David C. Jackson
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 622)


Neoepitope antibodies recognize the newly created N or C terminus of protein degradation products but fail to recognize the same sequence of amino acids present in intact or undigested protein. Aggrecan neoepitope antibodies have been pivotal in studies determining the contribution of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and aggrecanases to aggrecanolysis. In particular, an antibody to the A374RGSV N terminus was instrumental in the landmark discovery of the aggrecanases, ADAMTS-4 and ADAMTS-5. Antibodies to neoepitopes at the major MMP cleavage site DIPEN341342FFGVG helped to distinguish MMP-driven aggrecan loss from aggrecanase-driven aggrecan loss and idenepsied a role for MMPs in late-stage disease. More recently, neoepitope antibodies that recognize cleavage sites in the chondroitin sulphate-rich region of aggrecan have been used to show that aggrecanase cleavage proceeds in a defined manner, beginning at the C terminus and proceeding to the signature cleavage at NITEGE373374ARGSV in the interglobular domain. Work with the C-terminal neoepitope antibodies has underscored the need to use a suite of neoepitope antibodies to fully describe aggrecanolysis in vitro. In this chapter, we describe the production of two aggrecan neoepitope antibodies as examples: the monoclonal anti-FFGVG antibody (AF-28) and the polyclonal anti-DIPEN antisera.

Key words

Neoepitope antibody aggrecan matrix metalloproteinases aggrecanases ADAMTS enzymes polyclonal antibody monoclonal antibody 



The CGGFVDIPEN and CGGNITEGE peptides used for the production of the anti-DIPEN and anti-NITEGE antisera were a generous gift from Drs. Peter Roughley and John Mort, Shriners Hospital, Montreal, Canada. We thank Georgia Deliyannis for the monoclonal antibody work. We acknowledge financial support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the Arthritis Australia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda J. Fosang
    • 1
  • Karena Last
    • 1
  • Heather Stanton
    • 1
  • Suzanne B. Golub
    • 1
  • Christopher B. Little
    • 2
  • Lorena Brown
    • 3
  • David C. Jackson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Paediatrics and Murdoch Childrens Research InstituteRoyal Children’s Hospital, University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Research Laboratories and Royal North Shore HospitalUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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