The library consists of approximately 2 × 109 independent transformants and was screened using a modified ELISA as described previously22 using recombinant human IL-2 (Peprotech, Rocky Hill, NJ) adsorbed to plates as the target antigen. After several rounds of phage panning purification, a small panel of phage expressing scFv SAHA HDAC price (phscFv) was tested for the ability to bind human IL-2 in the presence of a neutralizing anti-human IL-2 monoclonal antibody (eBioscience, San Diego, CA). A recombinant form of a Plasmodium falciparum protein (accession number XM_001347271) and the phscFv from SGPP (structural
genomics of parasitic protozoa) that reacts with it,24 was used as a control to check for specificity of inhibition with the anti-human IL-2 neutralizing antibody. In brief, 0·5 μg/ml human IL-2 or SGPP in PBS was used to coat the ELISA plate, the wells were washed and 2 μg/ml anti-human IL-2 neutralizing antibody (MQ1-17H12; eBioscience), or blocking buffer was added. Supernatants containing individual phscFv clones were then added and phage binding was detected using an anti-M13 phage horseradish peroxidase (HRP) -conjugated BTK inhibitor mouse antibody (GE Healthcare,
Buckinghamshire, UK). The ELISA plate was developed by adding 50 μl o-phenylenediamine (Sigma-Aldrich, St Louis, MO) in 0·1 m citrate buffer pH 4·5 and 0·04% H2O2, stopped by adding 50 μl/well 2 m H2SO4 and the absorbance was read at Branched chain aminotransferase 490 nm. The DNA from phscFv-2 was isolated and used as the starting material for the construction of the scFv human IL-2 fusion construct. The human IL-2 cDNA in pBR322 (ATCC, Manassas, VA) was PCR amplified using primers (Table 1) which added an N-terminal SalI site, the PSAcs (HSSKLQ) and a C-terminal EcoRI restriction site. This insert was then directionally cloned into pBluescript (Stratagene, La Jolla, CA) using the SalI and EcoRI restriction sites. The (GGGGS)x linker of various repeat lengths was cloned into pBluescript using the EcoRI and KpnI restriction sites. The human IL-2 scFv was PCR amplified
(Table 1) from the M13 phage DNA from the phage clone scFv-2 and the 6 × His tag and the KpnI and BamHI restriction sites were added. This insert was then cloned into the pBluescript human IL-2/PSAcs/linker plasmid and shuttled into pcDNA 3.1 and subsequently cloned into the pVL1392 expression plasmid as described above. The generation of recombinant baculoviruses for the expression of proteins in insect cells has been described previously.25,26 Recombinant viruses were created using the pVL1392 transfer vector and the BD BaculoGold™ transfer vector system (BD Biosciences) as described by the manufacturer. Initial virus production was performed in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf-9) cells cultured in Sf-900 II SFM media (Gibco®; Invitrogen) and after several passages a high-titre stock was obtained.