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Nat Biotechnol. 2003 Feb;21(2):163-70. Epub 2003 Jan 21.

Flow-cytometric isolation of human antibodies from a nonimmune Saccharomyces cerevisiae surface display library.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Biological Sciences Division, 902 Battelle Blvd., P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA 99352, USA.


A nonimmune library of 10(9) human antibody scFv fragments has been cloned and expressed on the surface of yeast, and nanomolar-affinity scFvs routinely obtained by magnetic bead screening and flow-cytometric sorting. The yeast library can be amplified 10(10)-fold without measurable loss of clonal diversity, allowing its effectively indefinite expansion. The expression, stability, and antigen-binding properties of >50 isolated scFv clones were assessed directly on the yeast cell surface by immunofluorescent labeling and flow cytometry, obviating separate subcloning, expression, and purification steps and thereby expediting the isolation of novel affinity reagents. The ability to use multiplex library screening demonstrates the usefulness of this approach for high-throughput antibody isolation for proteomics applications.

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