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Tumor-associated antigens recognized by humoral effectors of the immune system are a very attractive target for human cancer diagnostics and therapy. Recent advances in molecular techniques have led to molecular definition of immunogenic tumor proteins based on their reactivity with autologous patient sera (SEREX). Several high complexity phage-displayed(More)
PDZ domains are protein-protein interaction modules that typically bind to short peptide sequences at the carboxyl terminus of target proteins. Proteins containing multiple PDZ domains often bind to different trans-membrane and intracellular proteins, playing a central role as organizers of multimeric complexes. To characterize the rules underlying the(More)
Synapsins, a family of neuron-specific phosphoproteins, have been demonstrated to regulate the availability of synaptic vesicles for exocytosis by binding to both synaptic vesicles and the actin cytoskeleton in a phosphorylation-dependent manner. Although the above-mentioned observations strongly support a pre-docking role of the synapsins in the assembly(More)
In the present work we demonstrate the efficient display of functional scFv antibodies on the bacteriophage lambda capsid. A single-chain (scFv) anti-CEA antibody gene was cloned in two different vectors to obtain fusion of the scFv antibody to the N- or C-terminus of the bacteriophage lambda capsid protein D (gpD). Lambda bacteriophage assembly occurs in(More)
The mapping of monoclonal antibody epitopes is now predominantly carried out using molecular diversity techniques, phage display in particular. However, until very recently, phage display methods have been inappropriate for the analysis of epitopes that require a free carboxy terminus. Here we describe the use of two different techniques to analyze the(More)
Filamentous phage has been extensively used to implement various aspects of phage display technology. The success of these organisms as vectors to present foreign peptides and to link them to their coding sequences is a consequence of their structural and biological characteristics. Some of these properties, however, represent a limitation when one attempts(More)
BACKGROUND Consistent progress in the development of bacteriophage lambda display platform as an alternative to filamentous phage display system was achieved in the recent years. The lambda phage has been engineered to display efficiently multiple copies of peptides or even large protein domains providing a powerful tool for screening libraries of peptides,(More)
1. Synapsin I, a major synaptic vesicle (SV)-associated phosphoprotein, is involved in the regulation of neurotransmitter release and synapse formation. By binding to both phospholipid and protein components of SV with high affinity and in a phosphorylation-dependent fashion, synapsin I is believed to cluster SV and to attach them to the actin-based(More)
CEA is a tumor-associated antigen abundantly expressed on several cancer types, including those naturally refractory to chemotherapy. The selection and characterization of human anti-CEA single-chain antibody fragments (scFv) is a first step toward the construction of new anticancer monoclonal antibodies designed for optimal blood clearance and tumor(More)