Dengue virus-specific, HLA-B35-restricted, human CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) clones. Recognition of NS3 amino acids 500 to 508 by CTL clones of two different serotype specificities

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Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Immunity | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Infectious Disease | Virology


Dengue virus infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. We analyzed dengue virus-specific CD8+ CD4- CTL at the clonal level to further understand the role of CD8+ CTL in dengue virus infections. Dengue virus-specific CD8+ CTL clones were established from lymphocytes of a dengue 4-immune adult. Three patterns of dengue serotype specificities were identified: 1) specific for dengue 4, 2) cross-reactive for dengue 2 and dengue 4 (subcomplex-specific); and 3) cross-reactive for all four dengue virus serotypes. Three dengue 4-specific clones and one dengue 2/dengue 4 cross-reactive clone were further analyzed. All four of the clones were HLA-B35 restricted and recognized NS3. The epitopes were mapped to amino acids (aa) 483 to 618 of NS3. The epitope was then defined by using synthetic peptides. Three dengue 4-specific clones and one dengue 2/dengue 4 cross-reactive clone recognized the same peptide (TPEGIIPTL) encompassing aa 500 to 508 of dengue 4 NS3. The peptide encompassing aa 500-508 of dengue 2 NS3 was recognized by a dengue 2/dengue 4 cross-reactive clone but was not recognized by the dengue 4-specific clones. Dengue 4-specific and dengue 2/dengue 4 cross-reactive clones used different TCR. These results indicate that CD8+ CTL clones that use different TCR and demonstrate two distinct serotype specificities recognize the same 9-mer peptide in the context of HLA-B35.


J Immunol. 1995 Feb 1;154(3):1287-95.

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Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)

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