Production and characterization of a humanized single-chain antibody against human integrin alphav beta3 protein

J Biol Chem. 2011 Jul 8;286(27):24500-7. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M110.211847. Epub 2011 May 23.


Anti-angiogenesis therapy is an emerging strategy for cancer treatment. This therapy has many advantages over existing treatments, such as fewer side effects, fewer resistance problems, and a broader tumor type spectrum. Integrin αvβ3 is a heterodimeric transmembrane glycoprotein that has been demonstrated to play a key role in tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. We have used a phage antibody display to humanize a mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb E10) against human integrin αvβ3 with a predetermined CDR3 gene. Three human phage antibodies were developed. Analysis of the humanized phage antibodies by phage ELISA revealed that the antibodies retained high antigen-binding activity and detected the same epitope as the parent mAb E10. A humanized single chain Fv (scFv) antibody was expressed in Escherichia coli in a soluble form. Analysis of the purified scFv indicated that it has the same specificity and affinity as the original mAb. Cell viability assays and xenograft model results suggested that the humanized scFv possesses anti-tumor growth activity in vitro and in vivo. This successful production of a humanized scFv with the ability to inhibit αvβ3-mediated cancer cell growth may provide a novel candidate for integrin αvβ3-targeted therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived / chemistry
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived / genetics
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived / immunology*
  • Complementarity Determining Regions / chemistry
  • Complementarity Determining Regions / genetics
  • Complementarity Determining Regions / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Integrin alphaVbeta3 / genetics
  • Integrin alphaVbeta3 / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Single-Chain Antibodies / chemistry
  • Single-Chain Antibodies / genetics
  • Single-Chain Antibodies / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
  • Complementarity Determining Regions
  • Integrin alphaVbeta3
  • Single-Chain Antibodies