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Are you sure to know everything about the rat?

October 21, 2019 15:22

Are you sure to know everything about the rat?

Rat is often considered as a pest but yet few people really know him. Rat is one of the predominant animal hosts for monoclonal antibody production, second to its rodent brother, mouse, and followed by rabbit. 

The term 'rat' encompasses multiple species, including the famous species Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), and black rat (Rattus rattus). In the ’80s, Pr. Bazin developed a unique species called Rat-LOU in Louvain-La-Neuve laboratories in Belgium. In fact, this particular rat species has been called after the city name. Each time a clone name starts with “LO”, you can be 100% sure it’s a rat monoclonal antibody coming from SYnAbs company.

Same as human and mouse, the rat has five antibody isotypes (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM). But in mice, the IgG class is divided into five sub-classes (IgG1, IgG2A, IgG2B, IgG2C, and IgG3) whereas in rat there are only four (IgG1, IgG2A, IgG2B, IgG2C). 

But why using rat monoclonal antibodies?

·    Each time, you work with mouse species for preclinical experiments or R&D tests, a secondary antibody of a different species will get you a better recognition of your primary antibody. In fact, mouse antibodies are seldom used to produce antibodies against mouse antigens due to their tolerance of syngeneic antigens. Rats can so provide a large number of spleen B cells that are available for fusion with myeloma cells, which are extremely suitable for generating mAbs against mouse antigens.

This is why SYnAbs developed a panel of rat secondary monoclonal antibodies targeting the entire repertoire of mouse isotypes

But what if my experiments don’t involve mice?

SYnAbs has developed rat monoclonal antibodies against isotypes of llama (anti-VHH)rabbitdog, cowpig, and human to cover a large spectrum of species.

Other advantages of rat monoclonal antibodies?

·      In addition, the rat antibodies are found do not have the cross-reaction in the immune-detection of antigens out of a mouse background, which shown as a strong point in sandwich immunoassays.

·      Rat species gives access to wider immune repertoire and offers different antibody responses. Rat monoclonal antibodies demonstrate great performance in recognizing specific epitopes, especially of small and poor immunogenic antigens. SYnAbs has worked on hundreds of projects involving difficult antigens such as hormonespost-translational modifications on histonesphosphorylated peptides (less than 7 aa)mycotoxinspolysaccharides, and lipids

·      Rat requires reduced antigen amount for immunization, potentially saving costly raw material.

·  No special growth media is required: you can keep everything intact compared to mouse hybridoma cells without additional costs. 

·   As a larger animal, the rat will permit you to get access to lymph nodes organs, with a different immune response. In order to do so, you need to perform footpad immunization.

Can I generate a rat hybridoma with mouse myeloma?

In general, hybridoma is a difficult method to develop monoclonal rat antibody due to the lack of stable fusion partner. To our knowledge, all ratXmouse hybridoma clones grow slowly and will be gradually lost during the clonal selection step due to their genetic instability.

At SYnAbs, our scientists have developed IR983 the rat myeloma cell line coming from rat-LOU species. For each fusion, we’re ensuring a ratXrat homo-hybridoma clone with high productivity and stability features.

Can I purify rat monoclonal antibody with classical protein A?

It’s not possible to purify rat monoclonal antibody with classical protein A capture step. The flip side of the coin is that SYnabs has been able to develop a rat antibody that specifically recognizes protein A. This tool is used by our CDMO partners who want to discriminate free protein A and protein A linked to the purified antibody.

As an alternative, you can use protein G or protein L but if you perform your culture in serum conditions there’s a notable risk you bind bovine antibodies present into the serum. The best solution is to perform immunoaffinity capture step, using MARK reference, for instance, a secondary antibody of mouse targeting all rat isotypes.

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