Affinity selection using phage-display technologies is a powerful tool for identifying the peptide epitopes of monoclonal antibodies. Coupling affinity selection with deep sequencing technologies allows for the broad assessment of selectant populations. Here, we describe a method for using a phage-display platform to assess antibody specificity in human serum. We describe the method with reference to the bacteriophage MS2 virus-like particle (VLP) platform, but it can be adapted to other phage-display technologies as well.
Keywords: Affinity selection; Antibodies; Deep sequencing; Pathogens; Phage display; Serum; Virus-like particle.