A functional anti-human 4-1BB ligand monoclonal antibody that enhances proliferation of monocytes by reverse signaling of 4-1BBL.Hybrid Hybridomics. 2003 Oct; 22(5):333-8.HH
4-1BB Ligand (4-1BBL), a transmembrane molecule, member of the tumor necrosis factor ligand superfamily, is an important costimulatory molecule in the immune response. In this study a functional anti-human 4-1BBL MAb 1F1 was obtained and the specificity of this MAb was verified by flow cytometry and Western blotting. This MAb effectively recognized the 4-1BBL molecule expressed on a series of malignant cell lines as well as on DC and monocytes and it inhibited the proliferation of T lymphocytes, costimulated by soluble 4-1BBL and agonist anti-human CD3 MAb. Furthermore, we demonstrated that MAb 1F1 induced an impressive proliferation of monocytes from peripheral blood by triggering the reverse signal through 4-1BBL. This functional anti-human 4-1BBL MAb provides a valuable tool for further study of biological functions as well as signal transduction of 4-1BBL/4-1BB.