Photosensitizer-antibody conjugates are successfully used for targeted elimination of cancer cells bearing specific membrane markers. This method is known as photoimmunotherapy. However, chemical conjugation of photosensitizer and antibody poses a number of complications such as low reproducibility, aggregation and unconjugated photosensitizer impurities. Here we report a fully genetically encoded photoimmunosensitizer, consisting of an anti-HER2/neu miniantibody 4D5scFv and a phototoxic fluorescent protein KillerRed. Both domains in this photoimmunosensitizer retained their functional qualities - high affinity for HER2/neu antigen and phototoxicity respectively. 4D5scFv-KillerRed fusion protein showed high specificity for HER2/neu-over-expressing cells and effectively lowered their viability upon illumination.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2011|
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