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Nat Med. 2001 Nov;7(11):1249-53.

Biopanning and rapid analysis of selective interactive ligands.

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The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.


Here we introduce a new approach for the screening, selection and sorting of cell-surface-binding peptides from phage libraries. Biopanning and rapid analysis of selective interactive ligands (termed BRASIL) is based on differential centrifugation in which a cell suspension incubated with phage in an aqueous upper phase is centrifuged through a non-miscible organic lower phase. This single-step organic phase separation is faster, more sensitive and more specific than current methods that rely on washing steps or limiting dilution. As a proof-of-principle, we screened human endothelial cells stimulated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and constructed a peptide-based ligand-receptor map of the VEGF family. Next, we validated the motif PQPRPL as a novel chimeric ligand mimic that binds specifically to VEGF receptor-1 and to neuropilin-1. BRASIL may prove itself a superior method for probing target cell surfaces with a broad range of potential applications.

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