Generating Conformation and Complex-Specific Synthetic Antibodies

  • Marcin PaduchEmail author
  • Anthony A. Kossiakoff
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1575)


Phage display is commonly used to identify and isolate binders from large combinatorial libraries. Here we present phage selection protocols enabling generation of synthetic antibodies capable of recognizing multiprotein complexes and conformational states. The procedure describes stages of the experiment design, optimization, and screening, as well as provides the framework for building downstream assays with an end goal of isolating bioactive antibodies for future therapeutic use. The methods described are also applicable to screening directly on cells and can be ported to other in vitro directed evolution systems utilizing non-immunoglobulin scaffolds.

Key words

Antibody phage display Synthetic antibody Conformation specific 



We thank Vincent Lu, Daniel King, and Svitlana Usatyuk for contributing to the development of protocols. This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants: U54-GM087519, U54-HG006436.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Biophysical DynamicsThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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