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Toward a Prostate Specific Antigen-Based Prostate Cancer Diagnostic Assay: Preparation of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin -Conjugated Normal and Transformed Prostate Specific Antigen Fragments

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posted on 16.12.2015, 15:22 by Vadim Y. Dudkin, Justin S. Miller, Anna S. Dudkina, Christophe Antczak, David A. Scheinberg, Samuel J. Danishefsky
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) molecules secreted by cancerous and normal prostate cells differ in their N-linked glycan composition, while the peptide backbone appears to be conserved. Antibodies selectively recognizing such differentially glycosylated PSA structures could form a basis for a new diagnostic assay for prostate cancer. Twenty-amino acid PSA fragments carrying di-, tri-, and tetrabranched complex-type glycans were prepared by total synthesis and conjugated to maleimide-modified keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) carrier protein through backbone Cys residues. These glycopeptide/KLH conjugates were then used for antibody generation.