Filamentous fusion phage: novel expression vectors that display cloned antigens on the virion surface

Science. 1985 Jun 14;228(4705):1315-7. doi: 10.1126/science.4001944.


Foreign DNA fragments can be inserted into filamentous phage gene III to create a fusion protein with the foreign sequence in the middle. The fusion protein is incorporated into the virion, which retains infectivity and displays the foreign amino acids in immunologically accessible form. These "fusion phage" can be enriched more than 1000-fold over ordinary phage by affinity for antibody directed against the foreign sequence. Fusion phage may provide a simple way of cloning a gene when an antibody against the product of that gene is available.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / immunology
  • Antigens, Surface / genetics*
  • Antigens, Viral / genetics
  • Cloning, Molecular / methods*
  • Coliphages / genetics*
  • Genetic Vectors*
  • Viral Proteins / immunology
  • Virion / immunology


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Antigens, Surface
  • Antigens, Viral
  • Viral Proteins