Journal article

MONOCLONAL-ANTIBODIES DETECTING DISCRETE EPITOPES OF HUMAN PERFORIN

M GEISBERG, JA TRAPANI, B DUPONT

Tissue Antigens | MUNKSGAARD INT PUBL LTD | Published : 1990

Abstract

Perforin is a cytolytic protein of natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T cells (CTL). Purified perforin has been shown to cause cell lysis and to form stable pores in the target cell membrane, but its relevance to cytolysis in vivo is not clear. The gene for human perforin has been cloned, but monoclonal antibodies (mabs) have not been available. In order to study further its role in cytotoxicity, we have generated mabs to different regions of human perforin. Four mabs were produced from mice immunized with hybrid proteins comprising E. coli TrpE protein at the N-terminus and different regions of human perforin at the C-terminus. These proteins were made using the pATH expression plasmid..

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