This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. The immuno response of T cells requires an antigen to be recognized. We have demonstrated before with the model protein antigen Hen Egg Lysozyme (HEL), that this response to proteins involves unfolding and degradation to peptides that are recognized on the surface of antigen-presenting cells (APC) in association with the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules. Previous results showed that T-cells, after activation by I-Ak type APC, respond to a synthetic 10-mer residue, HEL 51-62. Similarly, T cells after activation by I-Ek type APC, respond to a 13-mer, HEL 84-96. HPLC chromatography of the mixture extracted from MHC class II complexes of APC after treatment with HEL gave the immuno active fractions that were analyzed by MALDI-TOF and cf-FAB MS. The major components were HEL 48-63, 48-62, 48-61 for I-Ak type APC and HEL 84-97, 84-98, 84-102 for I-Ek type APC. To extend the understanding of the protein antigen processing mechanism producing the peptides that are presented to the T cells, we are working on characterizing peptides produced from a series of mutated HEL proteins. We are developing methods involving MALDI, and electrospray and nano-electrospray tandem MS to solve these important immunology problems.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR000954-34
Application #
8361330
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-01-01
Project End
2011-12-31
Budget Start
2011-01-01
Budget End
2011-12-31
Support Year
34
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$26,750
Indirect Cost
Name
Washington University
Department
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
068552207
City
Saint Louis
State
MO
Country
United States
Zip Code
63130
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