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Molecules 2011, 16(2), 1667-1681;

Design and Screening of M13 Phage Display cDNA Libraries

Department of Vertebrate Genomics, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Ihnestraße 63-73, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, Freie Universität Berlin, Takustraße 3, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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Received: 21 December 2010 / Revised: 14 February 2011 / Accepted: 15 February 2011 / Published: 17 February 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phage Display of Combinatorial Libraries)
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The last decade has seen a steady increase in screening of cDNA expression product libraries displayed on the surface of filamentous bacteriophage. At the same time, the range of applications extended from the identification of novel allergens over disease markers to protein-protein interaction studies. However, the generation and selection of cDNA phage display libraries is subjected to intrinsic biological limitations due to their complex nature and heterogeneity, as well as technical difficulties regarding protein presentation on the phage surface. Here, we review the latest developments in this field, discuss a number of strategies and improvements anticipated to overcome these challenges making cDNA and open reading frame (ORF) libraries more readily accessible for phage display. Furthermore, future trends combining phage display with next generation sequencing (NGS) will be presented.
Keywords: phage display; cDNA library; ORF selection; phagemid; protein-protein interaction; next generation sequencing (NGS) phage display; cDNA library; ORF selection; phagemid; protein-protein interaction; next generation sequencing (NGS)
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Georgieva, Y.; Konthur, Z. Design and Screening of M13 Phage Display cDNA Libraries. Molecules 2011, 16, 1667-1681.

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