Search for


search for

CrossRef (0)
Protective Effects of a Monoclonal Antibody to a Mannose-Binding Protein of Acanthamoeba culbertsoni
Biomed Sci Letters 2018;24:435-438
Published online December 31, 2018;
© 2018 The Korean Society For Biomedical Laboratory Sciences.

A-Young Park*, A-Young Kang* and Suk-Yul Jung†,**

Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Molecular Diagnosis Research Institute, Namseoul University, Chungnam 31020, Korea
Correspondence to: *Researcher, **Professor.
Suk-Yul Jung. Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Molecular Diagnosis Research Institute, Namseoul University, 91, Daehak-ro, Seonghwan-eup, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-city, Chungnam 31020, Korea.
Tel: +82-41-580-2723, Fax: +82-41-580-2932, e-mail:
Received November 1, 2018; Accepted December 6, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Acanthamoeba culbertsoni is the causative agent of granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE), a condition that predominantly occurs in immunocompromised individuals and which is typically fatal. A mannose-binding protein (MBP) among lectins was shown to have strong A. castellanii pathogenic potential when correlated with major virulence proteins. In this study, protective effects were analyzed using the monoclonal antibody to A. culbertsoni MBP by quantification and were also compared with other free-living amoebae. For the amoebial cytotoxicity to the target cell, amoeba trophozoites were incubated with Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. For the protective effects of antibodies, amoebae were pre-incubated with them for 4 h and then added to the target cells. After 24 h, the supernatants were collected and examined for host cell cytotoxicity by measuring lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release. The cytotoxicity of A. culbertsoni to the CHO cells showed about 87.4%. When the monoclonal antibody was pre-incubated with A. culbertsoni, the amoebial cytotoxicity was remarkably decreased as shown at LDH release (1.858 absorbance), which was represented with about 49.9%. Taken together, it suggested that the monoclonal antibody against MBP be important to inhibit the cytotoxicity of A. culbertsoni trophozoites to the target cell. The antibody will be applied into an in vivo functional analysis, which would help to develop therapeutics.
Keywords : Acanthamoeba culbertsoni, Mannose-binding protein, Monoclonal antibody, Cytotoxicity