Anti-peptide antibody blocks peptide binding to MHC class I molecules in the endoplasmic reticulum

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Department of Pathology

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ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters; Animals; Antibodies, Blocking; Antibodies, Monoclonal; Antigen Presentation; B-Lymphocytes; Binding Sites, Antibody; Binding, Competitive; Cell Line; Diffusion; Egg Proteins; Endoplasmic Reticulum; Female; H-2 Antigens; Hybridomas; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Ovalbumin; Peptide Fragments; Tumor Cells, Cultured


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


The finding that MHC class I molecules are physically associated with the TAP transporter has suggested that peptides may be directly transported into the binding groove of the class I molecules rather than into the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) where they subsequently would encounter class I molecules by diffusion. Such a mechanism would protect peptides from peptidases in the ER and/or escaping back into the cytoplasm. However, we find that an anti-peptide Ab that is cotranslationally transported into the ER prevents TAP-transported peptides from being presented on class I molecules. The Ab only blocks the binding of its cognate peptide (SIINFEKL) but not other peptides (KVVRFKDL, ASNENMETM, and FAPGNYPAL). Therefore, most TAP-transported peptides must diffuse through the lumen of the ER before binding stably to MHC class I molecules.

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J Immunol. 2001 Mar 15;166(6):3952-6.

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Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)

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