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Proteomics. 2008 Jul;8(14):2832-9. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200800203.

A whole-genome bioinformatics approach to selection of antigens for systematic antibody generation.

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  • 1School of Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm, Sweden.


Here, we present an antigen selection strategy based on a whole-genome bioinformatics approach, which is facilitated by an interactive visualization tool displaying protein features from both public resources and in-house generated data. The web-based bioinformatics platform has been designed for selection of multiple, non-overlapping recombinant protein epitope signature tags by display of predicted information relevant for antigens, including domain- and epitope sized sequence similarities to other proteins, transmembrane regions and signal peptides. The visualization tool also displays shared and exclusive protein regions for genes with multiple splice variants. A genome-wide analysis demonstrates that antigens for approximately 80% of the human protein-coding genes can be selected with this strategy.

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