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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820969/a-disulfide-stabilized-human-vl-single-domain-antibody-library-is-a-source-of-soluble-and-highly-thermostable-binders
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Kevin A Henry, Hiba Kandalaft, Michael J Lowden, Martin A Rossotti, Henk van Faassen, Greg Hussack, Yves Durocher, Dae Young Kim, Jamshid Tanha
We have previously shown that incorporation of a second intradomain disulfide linkage into camelid VHH and human VH/VL single-domain antibodies confers increased thermostability. Here, we explored the effects of introducing an additional disulfide linkage, formed between Cys48 and Cys64 (Kabat numbering), into a phage-displayed synthetic human VL library. In comparison to an identical library bearing only the highly conserved Cys23-Cys88 disulfide linkage, the disulfide-stabilized VL library tolerated a similar degree of randomization but retained a higher level of functional diversity after selection with protein L...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820371/serologic-evidence-for-influenza-c-and-d-virus-among-ruminants-and-camelids-africa-1991-2015
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Elias Salem, Elizabeth A J Cook, Hicham Ait Lbacha, Justine Oliva, Félix Awoume, Gilbert L Aplogan, Emmanuel Couacy Hymann, Dishon Muloi, Sharon L Deem, Said Alali, Zaid Zouagui, Eric M Fèvre, Gilles Meyer, Mariette F Ducatez
Influenza D virus has been identified in America, Europe, and Asia. We detected influenza D virus antibodies in cattle and small ruminants from North (Morocco) and West (Togo and Benin) Africa. Dromedary camels in Kenya harbored influenza C or D virus antibodies, indicating a potential new host for these viruses.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807317/validation-of-the-famacha%C3%A2-system-in-south-american-camelids
#3
Bobby E Storey, Lisa H Williamson, Sue B Howell, Thomas H Terrill, Roy Berghaus, Anand N Vidyashankar, Ray M Kaplan
Haemonchus contortus resistant to multiple anthelmintics threaten the viability of the small ruminant industry in areas where this parasite is prevalent. In response to this situation, the FAMACHA© system was developed and validated for use with small ruminants as a way to detect clinical anemia associated with haemonchosis. Given that H. contortus and multiple anthelmintic resistance is a similar problem in camelids, the FAMACHA© system might also provide the same benefits. To address this need, a validation study of the FAMACHA© system was conducted on 21 alpaca and llama farms over a 2-year period...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796912/nanobody-mediated-resistance-to-grapevine-fanleaf-virus-in-plants
#4
Caroline Hemmer, Samia Djennane, Léa Ackerer, Kamal Hleibieh, Aurélie Marmonier, Sophie Gersch, Shahinez Garcia, Emmanuelle Vigne, Véronique Komar, Mireille Perrin, Claude Gertz, Lorène Belval, François Berthold, Baptiste Monsion, Corinne Schmitt-Keichinger, Olivier Lemaire, Bernard Lorber, Carlos Gutiérrez, Serge Muyldermans, Gérard Demangeat, Christophe Ritzenthaler
Since their discovery, single-domain antigen-binding fragments of camelid-derived heavy chain-only antibodies, also known as Nanobodies (Nbs), have proven to be of outstanding interest as therapeutics against human diseases and pathogens including viruses, but their use against phytopathogens remains limited. Many plant viruses including Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV), a nematode-transmitted icosahedral virus and causal agent of fanleaf degenerative disease, have worldwide distribution and huge burden on crop yields representing billions of US dollars of losses annually, yet solutions to combat these viruses are often limited or inefficient...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791022/enhancing-stability-of-camelid-and-shark-single-domain-antibodies-an-overview
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REVIEW
Ellen R Goldman, Jinny L Liu, Dan Zabetakis, George P Anderson
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs) are gaining a reputation as superior recognition elements as they combine the advantages of the specificity and affinity found in conventional antibodies with high stability and solubility. Melting temperatures (Tms) of sdAbs cover a wide range from below 50 to over 80°C. Many sdAbs have been engineered to increase their Tm, making them stable until exposed to extreme temperatures. SdAbs derived from the variable heavy chains of camelid and shark heavy chain-only antibodies are termed VHH and VNAR, respectively, and generally exhibit some ability to refold and bind antigen after heat denaturation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785006/a-camelid-single-domain-antibody-neutralizes-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-by-blocking-host-receptor-binding
#6
Guorui Yao, Kwok-Ho Lam, Jasmin Weisemann, Lisheng Peng, Nadja Krez, Kay Perry, Charles B Shoemaker, Min Dong, Andreas Rummel, Rongsheng Jin
Antibody treatment is currently the only available countermeasure for botulism, a fatal illness caused by flaccid paralysis of muscles due to botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) intoxication. Among the seven major serotypes of BoNT/A-G, BoNT/A poses the most serious threat to humans because of its high potency and long duration of action. Prior to entering neurons and blocking neurotransmitter release, BoNT/A recognizes motoneurons via a dual-receptor binding process in which it engages both the neuron surface polysialoganglioside (PSG) and synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2 (SV2)...
August 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772027/escherichia-coli-surface-display-for-the-selection-of-nanobodies
#7
REVIEW
Valencio Salema, Luis Ángel Fernández
Nanobodies (Nbs) are the smallest functional antibody fragments known in nature and have multiple applications in biomedicine or environmental monitoring. Nbs are derived from the variable segment of camelid heavy chain-only antibodies, known as VHH. For selection, libraries of VHH gene segments from naïve, immunized animals or of synthetic origin have been traditionally cloned in E. coli phage display or yeast display systems, and clones binding the target antigen recovered, usually from plastic surfaces with the immobilized antigen (phage display) or using fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS; yeast display)...
August 3, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754949/cell-permeable-nanobodies-for-targeted-immunolabelling-and-antigen-manipulation-in-living-cells
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Henry D Herce, Dominik Schumacher, Anselm F L Schneider, Anne K Ludwig, Florian A Mann, Marion Fillies, Marc-André Kasper, Stefan Reinke, Eberhard Krause, Heinrich Leonhardt, M Cristina Cardoso, Christian P R Hackenberger
Functional antibody delivery in living cells would enable the labelling and manipulation of intracellular antigens, which constitutes a long-thought goal in cell biology and medicine. Here we present a modular strategy to create functional cell-permeable nanobodies capable of targeted labelling and manipulation of intracellular antigens in living cells. The cell-permeable nanobodies are formed by the site-specific attachment of intracellularly stable (or cleavable) cyclic arginine-rich cell-penetrating peptides to camelid-derived single-chain VHH antibody fragments...
August 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754739/rumen-fluke-in-south-american-camelids-in-great-britain
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Michael Millar, Aiden Foster, Gillian Mitchell, Philip Skuce, Julie Wessels, Velo-Rego Elena, Collins Rachael, Stevenson Heather
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 29, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751451/131i-labeled-anti-her2-camelid-sdab-as-a-theranostic-tool-in-cancer-treatment
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Matthias D'Huyvetter, Jens De Vos, Catarina Xavier, Marek Pruszynski, Yann G J Sterckx, Sam Massa, Geert Raes, Vicky Caveliers, Michael Zalutsky, Tony Lahoutte, Nick Devoogdt
<p>Camelid single-domain antibody-fragments (sdAbs) have beneficial pharmacokinetic properties, and those targeted to HER2 can be used for imaging of HER2-overexpressing cancer. Labeled with a therapeutic radionuclide, they may be used for HER2-targeted therapy. Here we describe the generation of a (131)I-labeled sdAb as a theranostic drug to treat HER2-overexpressing cancer.</p> <br />Experimental Design: <p>Anti-HER2 sdAb 2Rs15d was labeled with (131)I using [(131)I]SGMIB and evaluated in vitro Biodistribution was evaluated in two HER2(+) murine xenograft models by micro-SPECT/CT imaging and at necropsy, and under challenge with trastuzumab and pertuzumab...
July 27, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731219/daylight-effect-on-melatonin-secretion-in-adult-female-guanacos-lama-guanicoe
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J L Riveros, L M Correa, G Schuler
The wild South American camelids developed a strategy of seasonal reproduction during spring and summer with singleton birth. The photoperiod is one of the factors that may modulate this seasonality where light would be translated into a hormonal signal. This study evaluated the influence of changes in daily light intensity on melatonin concentration in captive guanacos under a long-day photoperiod (16 hr light/8 hr dark; 33 '28'S). Mean melatonin concentration was 28.3 ± 20.3 pg/ml, with a maximum of 52...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725224/nanobody-technology-a-versatile-toolkit-for-microscopic-imaging-protein-protein-interaction-analysis-and-protein-function-exploration
#12
REVIEW
Els Beghein, Jan Gettemans
Over the last two decades, nanobodies or single-domain antibodies have found their way in research, diagnostics, and therapy. These antigen-binding fragments, derived from Camelid heavy chain only antibodies, possess remarkable characteristics that favor their use over conventional antibodies or fragments thereof, in selected areas of research. In this review, we assess the current status of nanobodies as research tools in diverse aspects of fundamental research. We discuss the use of nanobodies as detection reagents in fluorescence microscopy and focus on recent advances in super-resolution microscopy...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725057/efficient-generation-of-single-domain-antibodies-with-high-affinities-and-enhanced-thermal-stabilities
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Naoya Shinozaki, Ryuji Hashimoto, Kiichi Fukui, Susumu Uchiyama
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs), made of natural single variable regions of camelid or cartilaginous fish antibodies, or unpaired variable regions of mouse or human IgGs, are some of the more promising biologic modalities. However, such conventional sdAbs have difficulties of either using unwieldy animals for immunization or having high affinity deficiencies. Herein, we offer a versatile method to generate rabbit variable domain of heavy chain (rVH) derived sdAbs with high affinities (K D values of single digit nM or less) and enhanced thermal stabilities (equal to or even higher than those of camelid derived sdAbs)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718923/using-homology-modeling-to-interrogate-binding-affinity-in-neutralization-of-ricin-toxin-by-a-family-of-single-domain-antibodies
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Andrea Bazzoli, David J Vance, Michael J Rudolph, Yinghui Rong, Siva Krishna Angalakurthi, Ronald T Toth, C Russell Middaugh, David B Volkin, David D Weis, John Karanicolas, Nicholas J Mantis
In this report we investigated, within a group of closely related single domain camelid antibodies (VH Hs), the relationship between binding affinity and neutralizing activity as it pertains to ricin, a fast-acting toxin and biothreat agent. The V1C7-like VH Hs (V1C7, V2B9, V2E8, and V5C1) are similar in amino acid sequence, but differ in their binding affinities and toxin-neutralizing activities. Using the X-ray crystal structure of V1C7 in complex with ricin's enzymatic subunit (RTA) as a template, Rosetta-based homology modeling coupled with energetic decomposition led us to predict that a single pairwise interaction between Arg29 on V5C1 and Glu67 on RTA was responsible for the difference in ricin toxin binding affinity between V1C7, a weak neutralizer, and V5C1, a moderate neutralizer...
July 18, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713816/effect-of-the-camelid-s-seminal-plasma-ovulation-inducing-factor-%C3%AE-ngf-a-kisspeptin-target-hypothesis
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REVIEW
Khalid El Allali, Najlae El Bousmaki, Hassan Ainani, Valérie Simonneaux
Female mammals are classified into spontaneous and induced ovulators based on the mechanism eliciting ovulation. Ovulation in spontaneous species (e.g., human, sheep, cattle, horse, pigs, and most rodents) occurs at regular intervals and depends upon the circulating estradiol. However, in induced ovulators (e.g., rabbits, ferrets, cats, and camelids), ovulation is associated with coitus. In the later, various factors have been proposed to trigger ovulation, including auditory, visual, olfactory, and mechanic stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704956/rapid-and-direct-vhh-and-target-identification-by-staphylococcal-surface-display-libraries
#16
Marco Cavallari
Unbiased and simultaneous identification of a specific antibody and its target antigen has been difficult without prior knowledge of at least one interaction partner. Immunization with complex mixtures of antigens such as whole organisms and tissue extracts including tumoral ones evokes a highly diverse immune response. During such a response, antibodies are generated against a variety of epitopes in the mixture. Here, we propose a surface display design that is suited to simultaneously identify camelid single domain antibodies and their targets...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699276/y-chromosome-and-mtdna-variation-confirms-independent-domestications-and-directional-hybridization-in-south-american-camelids
#17
J C Marín, K Romero, R Rivera, W E Johnson, B A González
Investigations of genetic diversity and domestication in South American camelids (SAC) have relied on autosomal microsatellite and maternally-inherited mitochondrial data. We present the first integrated analysis of domestic and wild SAC combining male and female sex-specific markers (male specific Y-chromosome and female-specific mtDNA sequence variation) to assess: (i) hypotheses about the origin of domestic camelids, (ii) directionality of introgression among domestic and/or wild taxa as evidence of hybridization and (iii) currently recognized subspecies patterns...
July 11, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690185/selection-of-similar-single-domain-antibodies-from-two-immune-vhh-libraries-obtained-from-two-alpacas-by-using-different-selection-methods
#18
Tengfei Li, Matthias Vandesquille, Sylvie Bay, Marc Dhenain, Benoît Delatour, Pierre Lafaye
The two most used methods to select camelid single-domain antibody-fragments (VHHs) are: displaying their repertoires on the surface of filamentous bacteriophages (phage display) or linking them to ribosomes (ribosome display). In this study, we compared specific VHHs isolated from two different immune libraries coming from two different alpacas by using these two selection methods. Three anti-GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein) VHHs were derived from an immune library obtained by ribosome display after immunization of one alpaca with purified GFAP, a protein expressed by astroglial cells...
August 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679457/new-parasitological-findings-for-pre-hispanic-camelids
#19
V Taglioretti, M H Fugassa, D Rindel, N H Sardella
Paleoparasitological examination provides information of parasite-host associations in the past, shedding light on the geographical origin of some parasites, on the possible dispersal routes and on some of the processes that modelled the parasitic communities. The aim of the present study was to examine parasite remains present in camelid coprolites collected from the archaeological site Alero Destacamento Guardaparque, Patagonia and to discuss the paleoparasitological findings in a biogeographical and paleoecological context...
July 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677403/septicemia-and-meningoencephalitis-caused-by-listeria-monocytogenes-in-two-neonatal-llamas
#20
Ian K Hawkins, Marcia Ilha, Eman Anis, Rebecca P Wilkes
Listeriosis is a disease of humans and domestic mammals (mainly ruminants) with variable manifestations, primarily encephalitis, septicemia, and abortion. Although Listeria monocytogenes readily causes illness in ruminants, the prevalence among domestic South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) is low and has not been documented in their wild counterparts, the vicuna and guanaco. We describe herein the clinical signs, autopsy findings, and histopathology of septicemia and suppurative meningoencephalitis caused by L...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
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