Internal image anti-idiotypic antibody: A new strategy for the development a new category of prolactin receptor (PRLR) antagonist

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Over the past decades, a number of prolactin receptor (PRLR) antagonists have been developed, which can be divided into two categories, PRLR analogue and anti-PRLR antibody. However, until now, there have been no commercially available PRLR antagonists. Here, we described a new approach for the preparation of PRLR antagonist, namely internal image anti-idiotypic antibody strategy. The hybridoma technique was used to generate anti-idiotypic antibodies to PRL. Competitive ELISA, competitive receptor-binding analysis and immunofluorescence assay (IFA) were then used to screen and characterize anti-idiotypic antibodies to PRL. One internal image anti-idiotypic antibody, termed MG7, was obtained. A series of experiments demonstrated that MG7 behaved as a typical internal image anti-idiotypic antibody (Ab2β). MG7 exhibited effective antagonistic activity, which not only inhibited PRL binding to PRLR in a dose-dependent manner but also inhibited PRLR-mediated intracellular signalling. Furthermore, MG7 also blocked Nb2 cell proliferation induced by PRL. The current study suggests that MG7 has the potential application in the PRL/PRLR-related studies in future. In addition, this work also suggests that the internal image anti-idiotypic antibody may represent a novel strategy for the development of PRLR antagonist.

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