Intracellular processing of the products of the bcr-abl junction region in CML Philadelphia chromosomes would generate novel peptides which, if they are capable of binding to HLA-class I molecules, would be potential targets of a cytotoxic T cell response. The 18 nonamers corresponding to the b2-a2 and b3-a2 fusions and differing from the parental bcr and abl sequences for at least one amino acid have been synthesized and tested for binding with HLA class I alpha chain preparations from HLA-homozygous B lymphoblastoid cell lines. Two peptides derived from the b3-a2 junction bound to HLA-A3 and elicited detectable specific CTL responses in vitro. The binding affinity of one of the two peptides could be increased by appropriate substitutions of the anchor residues with those of the known HLA-A3 anchor motifs. More important, the modified peptide had increased capacity to prime a specific CTL response in vitro. The interaction with HLA-A3 of these two peptides and their substitution derivatives seems to be promising for target trials aimed at eliciting a specific CD8 T cell response against CML.
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|Titolo:||Two bcr-abl junction peptides bind HLA-A3 molecules and allow specific induction of human cytotoxic T lymphocytes|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1996|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|