Potent mouse monoclonal antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2 infection
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has developed into a global pandemic since its first outbreak in the winter of 2019. An extensive investigation of SARS-CoV-2 is critical for disease control. Various recombinant monoclonal antibodies of human origin that neutralize SARS-CoV-2 infection have been isolated from convalescent patients and will be applied as therapies and prophylaxis. However, the need for dedicated monoclonal antibodies in molecular pathology research is not fully addressed. Here, we produced mouse anti-SARS-CoV-2 spike monoclonal antibodies that exhibit not only robust performance in immunoassays including western blotting, ELISA, immunofluorescence, and immunoprecipitation, but also neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2 infection in vitro. Our monoclonal antibodies are of mouse origin, making them compatible with the experimental immunoassay setups commonly used in basic molecular biology research laboratories, and large-scale production and easy distribution are guaranteed by conventional mouse hybridoma technology.