Different Approaches for Obtaining Antibodies from Human B Cells
Marcus R. Duvall and Ryan N. Fiorini
Affiliation: 13 Lowndes Pointe Drive, Charleston, 29403, USA.
Antibodies have emerged as powerful therapeutics effective for treating a number of human conditions and diseases.
While early successes utilized small animals to generate therapeutic antibodies, human antibodies are now preferred
in order to limit anti-antibody immune responses. Antibodies with human amino acid sequences can be generated in a
number of ways, such as humanizing antibodies from other species or expressing human antibodies in transgenic animals.
This review focuses on methods for obtaining antibodies directly from human B cells. These methods use both antigen
exposed and non-exposed (“naïve”) humans as B cell sources, and apply various technologies to isolate desired antibodies;
including cell line generation, single cell isolation, display technologies, and B cell library generation.
Keywords: Antibody engineering, antibody libraries, display technologies, high-throughput screening, human monoclonal antibodies,
human B cell.
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