Adjustable locks and flexible keys: plasticity of epitope-paratope interactions in germline antibodies.

@article{Khan2014AdjustableLA,
  title={Adjustable locks and flexible keys: plasticity of epitope-paratope interactions in germline antibodies.},
  author={Tarique Khan and Dinakar M. Salunke},
  journal={Journal of immunology},
  year={2014},
  volume={192 11},
  pages={5398-405}
}
Ag recognition by independent primary Abs against a small flexible Ag with overlapping epitopes was analyzed to address the determinants of Ag specificity during the initial encounter. Crystal structures of two distinct dodecapeptide Ags, GDPRPSYISHLL and PPYPAWHAPGNI, in complex with the germline mAb 36-65 were determined and compared with the structures of the same Ags bound to another independent germline mAb, BBE6.12H3. For each peptide Ag, the two germline mAbs recognized overlapping… CONTINUE READING