Ukr.Biochem.J. 2014; Volume 86, Issue 4, Jul-Aug, pp. 164-177


Comparative characteristic of the methods of protein antigens epitope mapping

O. Yu. Galkin

National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”;

Comparative analysis of experimental methods of epitope mapping of protein antigens has been carried out. The vast majority of known techniques are involved in immunochemical study of the interaction of protein molecules or peptides with antibodies of corresponding specifici­ty. The most effective and widely applicable metho­dological techniques are those that use synthetic and genetically engineered peptides. Over the past 30 years, these groups of methods have travelled a notable evolutionary path up to the maximum automation and  the detection of antigenic determinants of various types (linear and conformational epitopes, and mimotopes). Most of epitope searching algorithms were integrated into a computer program, which greatly facilitates the analysis of experimental data and makes it possible to create spatial models. It is possible to use comparative epitope mapping for solving the applied problems; this less time-consuming method is based on the analysis of competition between different antibodies interactions with the same antigen. The physical method of antigenic structure study is X-ray analysis of antigen-antibody complexes, which may be applied only to crystallizing­ proteins, and nuclear magnetic resonance.

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