GANP® Transgenic Mice
GenScript has licensed from Transgenic Inc. an unique GANP® technology for the production of high-affinity and high-specificity antibodies for our customers.
GANP, the acronym for Germinal Center Associated Nuclear Protein (GANP), is a recently discovered protein, over-expressed in B-cells centered in embryo. GANP carries a domain that generates RNA primers under the regulation of CD40/CD40L interaction (RNA-primase domain) and another domain of the MCM3-binding activity. It can be up-regulated in germinal center (GC) B cells upon immunization with T-cell dependent antigen. GANP can augment the induction of somatic hypermutation (SHM) in the V regions, resulting in the affinity maturation of V regions during the proliferation and differentiation of Ag-driven B cells in GCs. Accumulating research has suggested that GANP is important in the reconstruction of antibody genes, and transgenic mice expressing high level of GANP can be used to produce antibodies with high affinity and specificity.
Table 1: Affinity test results for the mAb clones generated from GANP mouse, wild-type mouse and BALB/c mouse. GANP mouse produced extraordinarily higher affinity mAbs (Data from TransGenic Inc. )
Fig 1: The GANP mice antibodies have 5 times the specificity of those obtained from BALB/c mouse. Diacetlyspermine (blue) and two molecules (green and red) are extremely similar in both molecular weight and structure. (Data from TransGenic Inc. )
Fig 2: Neutralization activities of GANP mouse mAbs were clearly detected at 0.5mg/ml, more effective than those mAbs (W1-2 and W1-8) from C57BL/6. (Data from TransGenic Inc. )
Guideline for GANP transgenic mouse offering
GenScript has signed a license agreement with TransGenic Inc., and is authorized to use GANP® transgenic mice to provide custom antibody service worldwide (excluding Japan). According to the agreement, GenScript needs to report to Transgenic Inc. customer names who have used GANP service through GenScript. All clients can use GANP mice to generate high specificity and high affinity antibody more likely than using regular mice.
Any customer who does contract research with GenScript using GANP mouse does not need to pay additional fee to Transgenic Inc. if the antibody is for research use only. However, Transgenic Inc. may charge additional license fees and/or royalties if the antibody becomes a commercial product. GenScript have no right to grant the commercial sublicense to any third part. The clients must negotiate with TransGenic Inc. to obtain their own commercial license. Currently GenScript is trying to get a commercial sublicense from TransGenic Inc. in order to mitigate customer's concern on future uncertainty.
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