Title: A cytotoxic humanized anti-ganglioside antibody produced in a murine cell line defective of N-glycolylated-glycoconjugates
Authors: Fernández-Marrero, Yuniel
Roque-Navarro, Lourdes
Hernández, Tays
Dorvignit, Denise
Molina-Pérez, Marively
González, Addys
Sosa, Katya
López-Requena, Alejandro
Pérez, Rolando
de Acosta, Cristina Mateo # ×
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Series Title: Immunobiology vol:216 issue:12 pages:1239-47
Article number: 10.1016/j.imbio.2011.07.004
Abstract: Gangliosides containing the N-glycolyl (NGc) form of sialic acid are tumor-associated antigens and promising candidates for cancer therapy. We previously generated the murine 14F7 monoclonal antibody (mAb), specific for the N-glycolyl-GM3 ganglioside (NGcGM3), which induced an oncosis-like type of cell death on malignant cell lines expressing this antigen and recognized breast carcinoma by immunoscintigraphy in cancer patients. As humanization is expected to enhance its use for human cancer therapy, herein we describe the design and generation of two humanized versions of the 14F7 mAb by disrupting potential human T cell epitopes on its variable region. No differences in antigen reactivity or cytotoxic properties were detected among the variants tested and with respect to the chimeric counterpart. Humanized 14F7 genes were transfected into the NGcGM3-expressing NS0 cell line. Therefore, in the industrial scaling-up of the transfectoma in serum-free medium, cell viability was lost due to the cytotoxic effect of the secreted antibody. This shortcoming was solved by knocking down the CMP-N-acetylneuraminic acid hydroxylase enzyme, thus impairing the synthesis of NGc-glycoconjugates. Humanized 14F7 mAb is of potential value for the therapy of NGcGM3-expressing tumors.
ISSN: 0171-2985
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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