Development and Characterization of Anti-Sheep Podoplanin Monoclonal Antibodies PMab-253 and PMab-260

Mika K. Kaneko, Masato Sano, Junko Takei, Teizo Asano, Yusuke Sayama, Hideki Hosono, Atsushi Kobayashi, Satoru Konnai, Yukinari Kato

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Anti-podoplanin (PDPN) monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are needed as markers for lymphatic endothelial cells or type I alveolar cells in immunohistochemical analyses. We have developed anti-PDPN mAbs for many species, including humans, mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, cats, bovines, pigs, Tasmanian devils, alpacas, tigers, whales, goats, horses, and bears. This study develops and characterizes anti-sheep PDPN (sPDPN) mAbs using Cell-Based Immunization and Screening (CBIS) method. A RAP14 tag was added to the N-terminus of sPDPN, and an anti-RAP14 tag mAb (PMab-2) was used to measure the expression level of sPDPN in flow cytometry and Western blots. We immunized mice with sPDPN-overexpressing Chinese hamster ovary (CHO)-K1 (CHO/sPDPN) cells and screened mAbs against sPDPN using flow cytometry. Two of the mAbs, PMab-253 (immunoglobulin M [IgM], kappa) and PMab-260 (IgM, kappa), detected CHO/sPDPN cells specifically using flow cytometry and Western blots. Both PMab-253 and PMab-260 stained the renal glomerulus and Bowman's capsule, lymphatic endothelial cells of the lung and colon, and type I alveolar cells of the lung, suggesting PMab-253 and PMab-260, which were developed by CBIS method, can be applied to functional analyses of sPDPN. We also determined the binding epitope of PMab-253 and PMab-260 using flow cytometry. Analysis of sPDPN deletion mutants revealed that the N-terminus of the PMab-253 and PMab-260 epitope exists between amino acids 110 and 115 of sPDPN. Analysis of sPDPN point mutations revealed that the critical epitope of PMab-253 and PMab-260 includes Thr112 and Ser113 of sPDPN, indicating that the PMab-253 and PMab-260 epitope are independent of the platelet aggregation-stimulating (PLAG) domain or the PLAG-like domain of sPDPN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-155
Number of pages12
JournalMonoclonal antibodies in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1


  • monoclonal antibody
  • podoplanin
  • sPDPN
  • sheep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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