Structural insights into the neutralization mechanism of monoclonal antibody 6C2 against ricin.

TitleStructural insights into the neutralization mechanism of monoclonal antibody 6C2 against ricin.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsZhu Y, Dai J, Zhang T, Li X, Fang P, Wang H, Jiang Y, Yu X, Xia T, Niu L, Guo Y, Teng M
JournalThe Journal of biological chemistry
Date Published2013 Aug 30

Ricin belongs to the type II ribosome-inactivating proteins that depurinate the universally conserved α-sarcin loop of rRNA. The RNA N-glycosidase activity of ricin also largely depends on the ribosomal proteins that play an important role during the process of rRNA depurination. Therefore, the study of the interaction between ricin and the ribosomal elements will be better to understand the catalysis mechanism of ricin. The antibody 6C2 is a mouse monoclonal antibody exhibiting unusually potent neutralizing ability against ricin, but the neutralization mechanism remains unknown. Here, we report the 2.8 Å crystal structure of 6C2 Fab in complex with the A-chain of ricin (RTA), which reveals an extensive antigen-antibody interface that contains both hydrogen bonds and van der Waals contacts. The complementarity-determining region loops H1, H2, H3, and L3 form a pocket to accommodate the epitope on the RTA (residues Asp(96)-Thr(116)). ELISA results show that Gln(98), Glu(99), Glu(102), and Thr(105) (RTA) are the key residues that play an important role in recognizing 6C2. With the perturbation of the 6C2 Fab-RTA interface, 6C2 loses its neutralization ability, measured based on the inhibition of protein synthesis in a cell-free system. Finally, we propose that the neutralization mechanism of 6C2 against ricin is that the binding of 6C2 hinders the interaction between RTA and the ribosome and the surface plasmon resonance and pulldown results confirm our hypothesis. In short, our data explain the neutralization mechanism of mAb 6C2 against ricin and provide a structural basis for the development of improved antibody drugs with better specificity and higher affinity.

Alternate JournalJ. Biol. Chem.