PCR amplification of the functional immunoglobulin heavy chain variable gene from a hybridoma in the presence of two aberrant transcripts

Yazad Irani, Melinda Tea, Ronald G. Tilton, Douglas J. Coster, Keryn A. Williams, Helen M. Brereton

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Single chain antibody fragment genes are commonly created by splicing together the immunoglobulin light chain (VL) and heavy chain variable (VH) genes of a monoclonal antibody produced by a hybridoma. Selective PCR amplification of the functional immunoglobulin variable gene rearrangements can be complicated by the existence of other unproductive immunoglobulin gene rearrangements in the hybridoma. Here we report the detection and preferential amplification of aberrant transcripts from two unproductive VH gene rearrangements derived from the fusion partner of a hybridoma. The functional VH gene of the monoclonal antibody was successfully amplified by selective use of primers to individual JH segments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-250
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2008


  • Hybridoma
  • MOPC21
  • Myeloma fusion partner
  • P3X63-Ag8.653
  • Unproductive immunoglobulin rearrangement
  • scFv

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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