UNITED STATES VETERINARY IMMUNE REAGENT NETWORK
Project Number: 1265-32000-088-04
Start Date: Jan 15, 2006
End Date: Jul 31, 2010
This proposal presents a broad community plan to begin to systematically address the immunological reagent gap for the U.S. veterinary immunology research community including for the following groups: ruminants (concentrating on cattle), swine, poultry (primarily chickens with some evaluation of reagents on turkey cells), horses, and aquaculture species (concentrating on channel catfish and trout) with a goal of 20 reagents per species group. The reagents will include bioactive recombinant cytokines and chemokine proteins, expressed using mammalian, yeast, and bacterial systems, as well as antibodies to them and their receptors as well as antibodies to immunoglobulin isotypes, T cell receptors and other CD molecules. The goal is to produce antibodies that function in ELISA and ELISpot assays, for intracellular staining, for blocking function and signaling, and that are useful in flow cytometric applications as well as in fixed tissue sections. Antibodies to bioactive molecules will also be tested for their ability to block the recombinant molecules as well as natural molecules if it is possible to produce cell culture systems for the later. This project represents the swine component.
Prioritization of reagents (tools) to be produced will be established by surveying the larger scientific community and cooperating with other similar international efforts to avoid redundancy and target the most useful reagents for research scientists. Commercial companies will also be surveyed. Bioactive cytokines and chemokines and cell surface CD molecules, antibodies, and T cell receptors will be produced in expression systems in two main labs for poultry and mammals and by the two co-PDs for fish. The expression of these proteins will depend upon provision of cDNA from appropriate cells or tissues from the co-PD labs who are specialists in particular species. RT-PCR using primers based on available sequences or from homologous genes in other related species will be done to obtain the entire gene sequence. The recombinant molecules will be used to prime mice for production of monoclonal antibodies or rabbits for polyclonal antibodies in a centralized lab. After identifying reactive antibodies initially, both the recombinant molecules and the antibodies to them will be evaluated for efficacy in the species specialist labs in a variety of in vitro assays. This project will have oversight by an advisory board composed of industry partners, USDA national program directors and other international reagent-generating groups. The reagents will be provided to the scientific community by depositing in commercial cell banks and encouraging generation and distribution through commercial vendors. BL-1, 9/27/06.