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(2006). Autoantibodies to myelin basic protein catalyze site-specific degradation of their antigen. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 103 (2), 281–6 [+]
Autoantibody-mediated tissue destruction is among the main features of organ-specific autoimmunity. This report describes "an antibody enzyme" (abzyme) contribution to the site-specific degradation of a neural antigen. We detected proteolytic activity toward myelin basic protein (MBP) in the fraction of antibodies purified from the sera of humans with multiple sclerosis (MS) and mice with induced experimental allergic encephalomyelitis. Chromatography and zymography data demonstrated that the proteolytic activity of this preparation was exclusively associated with the antibodies. No activity was found in the IgG fraction of healthy donors. The human and murine abzymes efficiently cleaved MBP but not other protein substrates tested. The sites of MBP cleavage determined by mass spectrometry were localized within immunodominant regions of MBP. The abzymes could also cleave recombinant substrates containing encephalytogenic MBP(85-101) peptide. An established MS therapeutic Copaxone appeared to be a specific abzyme inhibitor. Thus, the discovered epitope-specific antibody-mediated degradation of MBP suggests a mechanistic explanation of the slow development of neurodegeneration associated with MS.ID:132
(2006). Induction of a protein-targeted catalytic response in autoimmune prone mice: antibody-mediated cleavage of HIV-1 glycoprotein GP120. Biochemistry 45 (1), 324–30 [+]
We have induced a polyclonal IgG that degrades the HIV-1 surface antigen, glycoprotein gp120, by taking advantage of the susceptibility of SJL mice to a peptide-induced autoimmune disorder, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Specific pathogen-free SJL mice were immunized with structural fragments of gp120, fused in-frame with encephalitogenic peptide MBP(85-101). It has resulted in a pronounced disease-associated immune response against antigens. A dramatic increase of gp120 degradation level by purified polyclonal IgG from immunized versus nonimmunized mice has been demonstrated by a newly developed fluorescence-based assay. This activity was inhibited by anti-mouse immunoglobulin antibodies as well as by Ser- and His-reactive covalent inhibitors. A dominant proteolysis site in recombinant gp120 incubated with purified polyclonal IgG from immunized mice was shown by SDS-PAGE. The SELDI-based mass spectrometry revealed that these antibodies exhibited significant specificity toward the Pro484-Leu485 peptide bond. The sequence surrounding this site is present in nearly half of the HIV-I variants. This novel strategy can be generalized for creating a catalytic vaccine against viral pathogens.ID:133
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Design and development, breeding, maintenance and supply of small laboratory rodents of SPF category according to the international requirements of AAALACi and ISO (2017-11-22)
The AAALAC International Council on accreditation reports that the program of Animal Breeding Facility BIBC RAS conforms to the AAALAC International standards explained by the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals NRC 2011), confirm FULL ACCREDITATION shall continue. Especially noteworthy were enthusiasm attending veterinarian and of personnel who were open and helpful in answering questions and providing information and also a high level of maintenance of the facility and good welfare status of the animals.
The system of management of production of small laboratory rodents of SPF category is successfully recertified SGS United Kingdom Ltd as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.