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Mucolipidosis type II and III / Antibody

Recombinant antibody for easy detection of mucolipidosis type II and III and selective purification of proteins with mannose 6-phosphate residues for ERT


Dr. Torsten Stachelhaus, Ascenion,



Lysosomal enzymes are glycoproteins modified by mannose 6-phosphate (Man6P) residues. The recognition of Man6P by Man6P-receptors is required for the efficient intracellular transport of these enzymes from the Golgi apparatus to lysosomes. Importantly, also extracellular glycoproteins containing Man6P residues can be internalised via Man6P-receptors and transported to lysosomes.

Inherited defects in the formation of Man6P residues lead to severe diseases namely mucolipidosis (ML) type II and type III characterized by the cellular deficiency of multiple lysosomal enzymes. ML II and ML III belong to a group of more than 50 lysosomal storage disorders caused by the deficiency of mostly single lysosomal enzymes. For some of those diseases enzyme replacement therapies (ERT) are available.

Currently, the diagnosis of ML II and III can only be carried out in a few specialized laboratories throughout the world due to a complex procedure. In addition, purification of enzymes for ERT requires expensive chromatographic procedures which do not discriminate between therapeutically active and inactive forms, i.e. with or without Man6P modification.
The inventors have generated a recombinant antibody (M6P-1)specifically binding to Man6P. They have shown on a laboratory scale that it allows
·   easy diagnosis of ML II and III by western blots
·   selective purification in a one-step procedure of recombinant high-affinity uptake forms of lysosomal enzymes on affinity media (see figure)
·   histological staining of lysosomes.

The protein expresses well in a prokaryotic host, can be purified to homogeneity, is stable over several months at 4 °C and can be immobilized on affinity media without loss of activity.



The technology is offered for co-development of a diagnostic kit and an optimized cost-efficient purification procedure or for in-licensing.



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  • 23845 Borstel


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