Antibody engineering

Curr Opin Immunol. 1997 Apr;9(2):201-12. doi: 10.1016/s0952-7915(97)80136-7.


The development of recombinant techniques for the rapid cloning, expression, and characterization of cDNAs encoding antibody (Ab) subunits has revolutionized the field of antibody engineering. By fusion to heterologous protein domains, chain shuffling, and inclusion of self-assembly motifs, novel molecules such as bispecific Abs can now be generated which possess the subset of functional properties designed to fit the intended application. Rapid technological developments in phage display of peptides and proteins have led to a plethora of applications directed towards immunology and antibody engineering. Many of the problems associated with the therapeutic use of Abs are being addressed by the application of these new techniques.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Engineering
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulins / genetics*


  • Immunoglobulins