ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY | VOL 93 | ISSUE 49 | 2 DEC 2021
Zimple Matharu, Christine Bee, Flavio Schwarz, Haibin Chen, Matthew Tomlinson, Gabriel Wu, Ginger Rakestraw, Michael Hornsby, Andrew Drake, Pavel Strop, Arvind Rajpal, and Gavin Dollinger
Identification of antibodies targeting diverse functional epitopes on an antigen is highly crucial for discovering effective therapeutic candidates. Employing a traditional stepwise antibody “screening funnel” as well as prioritizing affinity-based selections over epitope-based selections, result in lead antibody panels lacking epitope diversity. In the present study, we employed an array-based surface plasmon resonance (SPR) platform to perform high-throughput epitope binning analysis on a large number of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) generated in the early drug discovery process. The mAb panel contained clones from different antibody generation techniques and diverse transgenic mouse strains. The epitope binning results were analyzed in unique ways using various visualizations in the form of dendrograms and network plots, which assisted in determining diversity and redundancy in the mAb sample set. The binning data were further integrated with affinity information to evaluate the performance of seven different transgenic mouse strains. The combination of epitope binning results with binding kinetics and sequence analysis provided an effective and efficient way of selecting high affinity antibodies representing a diverse set of sequence families and epitopes.
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