Antibody modeling: Implications for engineering and design

Veronica Morea, Arthur M. Lesk, Anna Tramontano

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Our understanding of the rules relating sequence to structure in antibodies has led to the development of accurate knowledge-based procedures for antibody modeling. Information gained from the analysis of antibody structures has been successfully exploited to engineer antibody-like molecules endowed with prescribed properties, such as increased stability or different specificity, many of which have a broad spectrum of applications both in therapy and in research. Here we describe a knowledge-based procedure for the prediction of the antibody-variable domains, based on the canonical structures method for the antigen-binding site, and discuss its expected accuracy and limitations. The rational design of antibody-based molecules is illustrated using as an example one of the most widely employed modifications of antibody structures: the humanization of animal-derived antibodies to reduce their immunogenicity for serotherapy in humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-279
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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