ABZYMES Submitted by, Jeeva Raj Joseph 1st sem The pathogenic role of DNA abzymes is not quite clear. However Applications 1. Catalytic antibodies (abzymes): From concept to application ABSTRACT The importance of generati ng antibodies to catalyse specific reactions was discussed . Abzymes are these same molecules but with the addition of catalytic activity, a property rarely Potential Clinical Applications Of Abzymes.

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Antibodies, on the other hand, are unlimited, and may be developed to possess recognized site structures, appropriate for the catalytic functions. There is a difference in the antibody recognition of an antigen and enzyme recognition of a substrate. Amino acids within the Applkcations specifically contact the antigen via non-covalent interactions to mediate binding to the foreign particles.

Wayne Zhou et al Imagine being able to design a chemical reaction in much the same way that a computer programmer designs a software program. Theoretically, if an antibody binds to a transition-state molecule, it may be expected to catalyze a corresponding chemical reaction by forcing substrates into appliccations geometry. The immune system is geared up to make good binders. The antibodies are ineffective because of the virus’ ability to change their coats rapidly.

Further, the binding of an antibody to its antigen is comparable to the binding of an enzyme to its substrate.

Industrial applications

It involves an antibody-enzyme conjugate and prodrug mixture that is injected into the patient. While the antibodies recognize in ground state, the enzymes recognize in a transition state associated with a conformational change of protein.


Schultz and Richard A. Retrieved from ” https: Once infected by HIV, patients produce antibodies to the more changeable parts of the viral coat. This problem can be -solved by using tissue-specific MAbs. Recent research appkications this area has yielded ETNF-6 mAb, a catalytic antibody produced for exactly this purpose Hifumi, In recent years, MAbs specific to T-lymphocyte surface antigens are being used for this purpose. These MAbs could bring about hydrolysis of esters with great degree of specificity to the transition state to which MAbs were raised.

Plasmin in turn is formed by the activation of plasminogen by plasminogen activator.

A remarkable example of the transition state analog pathway was demonstrated by G. Fill in your details below or click an icon appplications log in: Obviously, its structure mirrors the structure and electrostatic properties of the sulphoxide transition state. Once candidates are isolated, these so-called “recombinant antibodies” can be produced in bacteria in large amounts. Thickening and loss of elasticity of arterial walls is referred to as atherosclerosis.

Abzymes: An Introduction

The basic outline of abzyme action came up 28 years back with the proof of concept coming in with the first descriptions of active abzymes capable of catalyzing ester hydrolysis reactions.

The B-chain of ricin binds to the cell surface. By replacing the carbon at the center of the tetrahedron with phosphate, the chemical is stable for synthesis and injection into laboratory animals.

You are commenting using your Twitter appliccations. Monoclonal antibodies have a wide range of therapeutic applications. The antibody binds to the specific tumor antigens present on the surface of tumor cells. Prodrug is a pharmacologically inactive compound that converts to the active form of the drug by endogenous enzymes or metabolism.


The limitation is that the neighbouring normal cells may also get damaged or killed.

Applications of Monoclonal Antibodies: 4 Applications

Due to shortage in the supply of yttrium, abzzymes is more commonly used. This is due to the fact that a small quantity of MAb leaks into the elution.

MAbs columns can be prepared by coupling them to cyanogen bromide activated Sepharose chromatographic matrix. First, the antibody is administered to patients, and it binds the tumor cells with high affinity.

The millions of gene products from an immunized animal are screened for the production of antibodies with desirable catalytic activites. You are commenting using your WordPress. These MAbs localize at specific sites say a tumor which can be detected by imaging the radioactivity. Atherosclerotic plaques cause diseases of coronary and peripheral arteries. In this approach, antibodies are raised against the apppications transition state analogues TSAs to enable them to catalyze prodrug activation.

This means raising an antibody that is complementary to the active site of the enzyme you want to mimic, then raising a second antibody to the variable region of the first antibody.