3 years ago

A novel one-step approach for the construction of yeast surface display Fab antibody libraries

Ramona Gaa, Julius Grzeschik, Simon Rosowski, Harald Kolmar, Iris Willenbücher, Stefan Becker, Deniz Demir, Stefan Zielonka, Simon Krah, Lars Toleikis, Bernhard Valldorf



Yeast surface display (YSD) has proven to be a versatile platform technology for antibody discovery. However, the construction of antibody Fab libraries typically is a tedious three-step process that involves the generation of heavy chain as well as light chain display plasmids in different haploid yeast strains followed by yeast mating.


Within this study, we aimed at implementing a focused Golden Gate Cloning approach for the generation of YSD libraries. For this, antibodies heavy and light chains were encoded on one single plasmid. Fab display on yeast cells was either mediated by a two-directional promoter system (2dir) or by ribosomal skipping (bicis). The general applicability of this methodology was proven by the functional display of a therapeutic antibody. Subsequently, we constructed large antibody libraries with heavy chain diversities derived from CEACAM5 immunized animals in combination with a common light chain. Target-specific antibodies from both display systems were readily obtained after three rounds of fluorescence activated cell sorting. Isolated variants exhibited high affinities in the nanomolar and subnanomolar range as well as appropriate biophysical properties.


We demonstrated that Golden Gate Cloning appears to be a valid tool for the generation of large yeast surface display antibody Fab libraries. This procedure simplifies the hit discovery process of antibodies from immune repertoires.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12934-017-0853-z

DOI: 10.1186/s12934-017-0853-z

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