Journal article

The human IgG3 hinge mediates the formation of antigen dimers that enhance humoral immune responses to DNA immunisation

DR Drew, JS Boyle, AM Lew, MW Lightowlers, RA Strugnell

VACCINE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

A series of plasmid DNA constructs containing the 45W antigen gene from Taenia ovis were used to investigate the impact of antigen dimerisation on the humoral immune response to genetic immunisation. Genes encoding dimeric 45W were generated via fusion to the hinge region of human IgG3 (hIg). This region was selected because it is compact and contains 11 inter-chain disulphide-bridges. The DNA encoding the IgG3 hinge contains four exons, with the last three exons being repeats and possibly superfluous. Plasmids containing the 45W gene linked to exons 1-2, 1-3 or 1-4 of the hIgG3 hinge, were compared to a control plasmid containing a form of the 45W gene which encodes secreted, monomeric 45W ..

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