Isolation and initial application of a novel peptide that specifically recognizes the neural stem cells derived from rhesus monkey embryonic stem cells

J Biomol Screen. 2010 Jul;15(6):687-94. doi: 10.1177/1087057110370997. Epub 2010 May 27.


The search for new receptor ligands is important in the study of embryonic stem (ES) cell differentiation processes. In this study, a novel peptide (HGEVPRFHAVHL) with a specific ability to bind with neural stem cells derived from rhesus monkey ES cells was successfully screened out using a Ph.D-12 peptide phage display library. High affinity and specificity of the HGE phage were shown in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The binding ability of the phage could be matched with that of a chemically synthesized peptide with a sequence identical to that displayed by the phage, indicating that this binding capability manifests a peptide sequence. Combined with quantum dots, the HGE peptide can be used as a direct tool to show optical imaging of specific binding on a single cell membrane. Further results of Western blot showed that the HGE peptide interacted with 48/34-kDa proteins on the membrane of neural stem cells. This work is the first time that a phage display technique has been applied in ES cell differentiation studies. The findings extend the utilization of a targeting agent for neural stem cells and can also be used as a research tool in studying other cell lineages derived from ES cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antibodies / pharmacology
  • Cell Line
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / drug effects
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neurons / cytology*
  • Neurons / drug effects
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Peptide Library*
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Peptides / isolation & purification*
  • Peptides / pharmacology*
  • Quantum Dots
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Antibodies
  • Peptide Library
  • Peptides