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Anticancer Res. 2007 Nov-Dec;27(6B):4219-24.

A novel antibody AA98 V(H)/L directed against CD146 efficiently inhibits angiogenesis.

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National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China.



An anti-CD146 monoclonal antibody, AA98, has been identified as an inhibitor of tumor angiogenesis. To overcome the inherent immunogenicity of murine antibody as well as to facilitate immunotoxin construction, a single chain AA98 V(H)/L with three-domain fragments was constructed and expressed in mammalian cells.


The genes of the AA98 heavy chain variable region and the light chain were linked with a modified 12 amino acid sequence that was derived from the heavy chain C(H)1 region, thus constituting the three-domain antibody V(H)/L. Soluble AA98 V(H)/L was produced by mammalian cells and purified by affinity chromatography. The specificity of AA98 V(H)/L for the CD146 molecule was detected by ELISA, immunofluorescence staining and flow cytometry.


AA98 V(H)/L alone showed anti-angiogenic properties in a chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay as the parent mAb AA98 did.


This newly generated AA98 V(H)/L antibody displays a therapeutic potential for tumor and other angiogenesis disorders, as well as providing a new strategy for antibody engineering for clinical applications.

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