Stable expression of H1C2 monoclonal antibody in NS0 and CHO cells using pFUSE and UCOE expression system.

PMID 23881539


From our recent publications, it was found that the deimmunization method (Dharshanan et al. (2012) Sci Res Essays 7:2288-2299) should be applied for the development of humanized anti-C2 monoclonal antibody (H1C2 mAb). However, the overlapping-PCR mutagenesis procedure used to insert the variable regions into cloning vectors was laborious and time-consuming. Additionally, the expression of H1C2 mAb in NS0 cells was low in static culture vessels. Therefore H1C2 mAb was redeveloped by deimmunization method with the following modifications in order to optimize the production of H1C2 mAb. First, instead of the overlapping-PCR mutagenesis procedure, synthetic DNA coding the variable regions were used to express the mAb. Second, two expression vectors, pFUSE and UCOE, were used to express H1C2 mAb in NS0 cells and CHO cells in order to investigate the combination that gave the highest number of high producing stable clones. This will provide the highest chance of finding clones with the requisite high productivity and stability required for manufacturing. We found that transfection of UCOE in CHO cells generated the highest number of high producing stable clones. To our knowledge, this is the first time that H1C2 mAb has been expressed in CHO cells.