Phage display of proteins can be used to study ligand-receptor interaction and for the affinity-maturation of binding sites in polypeptide hormones and/or cytokines. We have expressed human interleukin-6 (hIL-6) on M13 phage in a monovalent fashion as a fusion protein with the phage coat protein, pIII. Phage-displayed hIL-6 is correctly folded, as judged by its ability to interact with conformation-specific anti-hIL-6 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) and with the hIL-6 receptor complex in vitro. We set up an experimental protocol for the efficient affinity selection of hIL-6 phage using the extracellular portion of the hIL-6 receptor alpha (hIL-6R alpha) fixed on a solid phase. This system was used to affinity-purify from a library of hIL-6 variants, in which four residues in the predicted D-helix of the cytokine were fully randomized, mutants binding hIL-6R alpha with higher efficiency than the wild type. When the best-binder variant Q175I/Q183A was combined with a previously identified superbinder S176R [Savino et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 90 (1993) 4067-4071], a triple-substitution mutant Q175I/S176R/Q183A (hIL-6IRA) was obtained with a fivefold increased hIL-6R alpha binding and a 2.5-fold enhanced biological activity.
|Titolo:||Monovalent phage display of human Interleukin (hIL)-6: selection of superbinder variants from a complex molecular repertoire in hIL-6 D-helix|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1995|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|