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Selection of recombinant antibodies against inorganic materials for applications in nanosciences

Jeudi 27 septembre 2012 14:00 - Duree : 2 heures
Lieu : LIPhy, 140 Avenue de la physique - Bat. E45 Campus of St Martin d’Hères Campus of St Martin d’Hères

Orateur : Soutenance de thèse de Purvi JAIN (LIPhy)

Inorganic materials have unique properties at the nanometer scale. These properties have generated a lot of interest among researchers to fabricate novel materials using nano objects as building units. In this PhD thesis, we have attempted to mimick nature in the fabrication of nanoparticle based devices in order to improve upon current top-down and bottom-up nanomaterial fabrication methods. Proteins can specifically bind inorganic materials and trigger crystal growth and thus are considered as the main building units for a biomimetic approach of fabrication. The first step towards mimicking nature is to explore how proteins bind specifically to nanomaterials. We have explored this recognition mechanism by selecting antibodies (the protein binders of our immune system) against inorganic nanomaterials using the combinatorial biotechnology method of phage display. This technique provides us with the genetic sequence of selected antibodies from a random antibody library exposed against a target. Statistical analysis of selected antibody sequences provides new information on proteins/inorganics interactions. Our main finding in this regard is the identification of the amino acid arginine as a major contributor to protein/gold interactions. Additional functionality to these new binders of inorganic materials is obtained by antibody engineering, allowing for their value added use in nanomaterial science applications. Selected recombinant antibodies and their engineered derivatives along with other recombinant protein can be expressed and secreted using a eukaryotic expression platform (Dictyostelium discoideum) developed during this thesis.

Contact : Purvi.Jain@ujf-grenoble.fr

Discipline évènement : (Biologie / Chimie)
Entité organisatrice : (LIPhy)
Nature évènement : (Soutenance de thèse)
Site de l'évènement : Domaine Universitaire de St Martin d’Hères

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