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Adequate biophysical characterization of influenza virions is important for vaccine development. The influenza virus vaccines are produced from the allantoic fluid of developing chicken embryos. The process of viral replication produces a heterogeneous mixture of infectious and non-infectious viral particles with varying states of aggregation. The study of(More)
We have identified a single tryptophan (Trp) residue responsible for loss of binding and biological activity upon ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation in MEDI-493, a humanized monoclonal antibody (MAb) against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This finding provides a better understanding of structure-function relationship in a 150-kDa protein. Irradiation of(More)
A method using a combination of asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AFFFF) and multiangle light scattering (MALS) techniques has been shown to improve the estimation of virus particle counts and the amount of aggregated virus in laboratory samples. The method is based on the spherical particle counting approach given by Wyatt and Weida in 2004, with(More)
A novel, nonreducible thioether bridge between the light and heavy chains of different IgG1 monoclonal antibodies has been characterized. An additional band with an apparent molecular weight of 92 kDa was detected when monoclonal antibodies were analyzed by reducing capillary gel electrophoresis (rCGE) and reducing SDS-PAGE. To further investigate this(More)
A procedure for the amino acid analysis of proteins electrotransferred to polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membranes is described. The proteins are first separated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and then electroblotted onto a PVDF membrane. After staining with Coomassie brilliant blue, the visualized protein bands(More)
A simplified gas-phase hydrolysis procedure for proteins and peptides is described. The apparatus consists of a glass vacuum desiccator, a ceramic plate, and a Teflon ring. The method was shown to give reproducible compositions for hydrolysis of human serum albumin and microanalysis of alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone including the quantitation of as(More)
A method based on amino acid analysis has been developed for monitoring the covalent conjugation of synthetic peptide haptens to carrier proteins. The marker amino acid, alpha-aminobutyric acid, is included in the sequence during peptide synthesis. Following reaction, the carrier protein-conjugate is freed of excess peptide by two successive rounds of gel(More)
A membrane-associated folate binding protein (FBP) and a soluble FBP, which is released into the culture medium, have been purified from human KB cells using affinity chromatography. By NaDodSO4/PAGE, both proteins have an apparent Mr of approximately 42,000. However, in the presence of Triton X-100, the soluble FBP eluted from a Sephadex G-150 column with(More)
The residue C221 on pyruvate decarboxylase (EC. 4.1.1.1) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been shown to be the site where the substrate activation cascade is triggered [Baburina et al. (1994) Biochemistry 33, 5630-5635] and is located on the beta domain [Arjunan et al. (1996) J. Mol. Biol. 256, 590], while the active-center thiamin diphosphate is located >(More)
The bovine gamma-aminobutyric acidA/benzodiazepine receptor complex has been purified by a novel immunoaffinity chromatography method on immobilized monoclonal antibody 62-3G1. Immunopurification of the complex was achieved in a single step with an improved yield over affinity chromatography on the benzodiazepine Ro 7-1986/1. High-resolution sodium dodecyl(More)