Characterization of Antibodies Specific for N6-Methyladenosine and for 7-Methylguanosine

Theodore W. Munns, M. Kathryn Liszewski, Harold F. Sims

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Antibodies specific for N6-methyladenosine (m6A) and for 7-methylguanosine (m7G) were prepared by immunization of rabbits with nucleoside conjugates of bovine serum albumin (i.e, m6A-BSA and m7G-BSA). Specificity of each antibody was assessed by inhibition of the homologous precipitin reaction with various nucleosides. These analyses revealed that the antibodies elicited in response to m6A-BSA were specific for the N6-methyl moiety of adenosine with minimal or no cross-reactivity with BSA, adenosine, and guanosine. Although a major fraction of antibodies elicited in response to m7G-BSA were specific for m7G, considerable cross-reactivity was observed with BSA. These latter antibodies were removed by affinity chromatography utilizing BSASepharose adsorbent. In similar fashion, antibodies specific for m6A and m7G were isolated by immunospecific adsorption to antigen-coupled Sepharose (e.g, m6A-BSA-Sepharose), eluted, and coupled to Sepharose. The ability of these antibody-coupled adsorbents to retain specific methylated [methyl-3H]nucleosides derived from [methyl-3H]tRNA digests was assessed. Both the anti-m7G and anti-m6A antibody adsorbents quantitatively and exclusively retained 7-[3H]methylguanosine and N6-[3H]methyladenosine, respectively. The application of these adsorbents to fractionate oligonucleotides and nucleic acids is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2163-2168
Number of pages6
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 1 1977

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