Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Department of Pathology
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HLA-DM is required for efficient peptide exchange on class II MHC molecules, but its mechanism of action is controversial. We trapped an intermediate state of class II MHC HLA-DR1 by substitution of αF54, resulting in a protein with increased HLA-DM binding affinity, weakened MHC-peptide hydrogen bonding as measured by hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry, and increased susceptibility to DM-mediated peptide exchange. Structural analysis revealed a set of concerted conformational alterations at the N-terminal end of the peptide-binding site. These results suggest that interaction with HLA-DM is driven by a conformational change of the MHC II protein in the region of the α-subunit 3(10) helix and adjacent extended strand region, and provide a model for the mechanism of DM-mediated peptide exchange.
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Nov 29;108(48):19329-34. Link to article on publisher's website
Painter, Corrie A.; Negroni, Maria P.; Kellersberger, Kathy A.; Zavala-Ruiz, Zarixia; Evans, James E.; and Stern, Lawrence J., "Conformational lability in the class II MHC 3-10 helix and adjacent extended strand dictate HLA-DM susceptibility and peptide exchange" (2011). GSBS Student Publications. 1762.