Preparation, Crystallization and Preliminary X-Ray Analysis of the Fab Fragment of Monoclonal Antibody MN423, Revealing the Structural Aspects of Alzheimer's Paired Helical Filaments
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) MN423 recognizes Alzheimer's disease specific conformation of tau protein assembled into paired helical filaments (PHF). Since the three-dimensional structure of PHF is currently unavailable, the structure of MN423 binding site could provide important information about PHF conformation with the consequences for the Alzheimer's disease prevention and cure. Fab fragment of MN423 was prepared and purified. We have identified two different conditions for crystallization of the Fab fragment that yielded two crystal forms. They diffracted to 3.0 and 1.6 Å resolution with four and one molecule in the asymmetric unit, respectively. Both crystal forms belonged to the space group P21 with unit cell parameters a = 76.4 Å, b = 138.4 Å, c = 92.4 Å, β = 101.9∞, and a = 71.5 Å, b = 36.8 Å, c = 85.5 Å , β = 113.9∞.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Institute of Neuroimmunology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 10 Bratislava, Slovakia.
Publication date: 2006-09-01
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