Epitopes described in "Characterization of highly frequent epitope-specific CD45RA+/CCR7+/- T lymphocyte responses against p53-binding domains of the human polyomavirus BK large tumor antigen in HLA-A*0201+ BKV-seropositive donors."

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Article Authors:Maurizio Provenzano; Laura Bracci; Stephen Wyler; Tvrtko Hudolin; Giovanni Sais; Rainer Gosert; Paul Zajac; Giorgio Palu'; Michael Heberer; Hans H Hirsch; Giulio C Spagnoli
Article Title:Characterization of highly frequent epitope-specific CD45RA+/CCR7+/- T lymphocyte responses against p53-binding domains of the human polyomavirus BK large tumor antigen in HLA-A*0201+ BKV-seropositive donors.
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Reference ID:1009301
Abstract:Human polyomavirus BK (BKV) has been implicated in oncogenic transformation. Its ability to replicate is determined by the binding of its large tumor antigen (LTag) to products of tumor-suppressor genes regulating cell cycle, as specifically p53. We investigated CD8+ T immune responses to BKV LTag portions involved in p53 binding in HLA-A*0201+ BKV LTag experienced individuals. Peptides selected from either p53-binding region (LTag351-450 and LTag533-626) by current algorithms and capacity to bind HLA-A*0201 molecule were used to stimulate CD8+ T responses, as assessed by IFN-gamma gene expression ex vivo and detected by cytotoxicity assays following in vitro culture. We observed epitope-specific immune responses in all HLA-A*0201+ BKV LTag experienced individuals tested. At least one epitope, LTag579-587; LLLIWFRPV, was naturally processed in non professional antigen presenting cells and induced cytotoxic responses with CTL precursor frequencies in the order of 1/20'000. Antigen specific CD8+ T cells were only detectable in the CD45RA+ subset, in both CCR7+ and CCR7- subpopulations. These data indicate that widespread cellular immune responses against epitopes within BKV LTag-p53 binding regions exist and question their roles in immunosurveillance against tumors possibly associated with BKV infection.
Affiliations:Institute of Surgical Research and Hospital Management, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. mprovenzano@uhbs.ch
Date:2006
Reference Type:Literature
PubMed ID:17096832
Journal:J Transl Med
Journal Volume:4
Article Pages:47
Journal ISSN:1479-5876
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