Crystallization of immunoglobulin Fab fragments specific for DNA

A. Boodhoo, C. D. Mol, J. S. Lee, W. F. Anderson

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The purification and crystallization of Fab fragments of two mouse monoclonal immunoglobulins specific for different DNA structures are described. In each case, papain digestion of the immunoglobulins produced a mixture of Fab species differing in their isoelectric points. Purification of one of these species was required to obtain suitable crystals. One of these antibodies, Jel 72, is specific for right-handed duplex poly(dG)·poly(dC). An Fab fragment of Jel 72 with a pI of 8.8 was purified by anion-exchange chromatography and used to obtain crystals from 56% saturated ammonium sulfate and 50 mM sodium acetate, pH 4.2, that diffract to 2.6-Å resolution. They belong to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with cell dimensions of a = 94.6, b = 102.6, c = 92.4 Å. The other antibody, Jel 318, binds triple-stranded DNA poly[d(Tm5C)]·poly[d(GA)]·poly[d(m5C+T)]. Jel 318 Fab fragments with isoelectric points of 7.6 and 7.8 were also purified by anion-exchange chromatography, and crystals were obtained from 12% polyethylene glycol 8000, 50 mM NaCl, and 10 mM Tris·HCl, pH 7.8. These crystals diffract to about 2.4-Å resolution and also belong to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with cell dimensions of a = 82.4, b = 139.5, and c = 42.0 Å. For both Fab fragments, crystal size and quality improved dramatically upon purification of an individual isoelectric species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18578-18581
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number34
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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