Identification of human viral protein-derived ligands recognized by individual MHCI-restricted T-cell receptors

Szomolay, Barbara, Liu, Jie, Brown, Paul E., Miles, John J., Clement, Mathew, Llewellyn-Lacey, Sian, Dolton, Garry, Ekeruche-Makinde, Julia, Lissina, Anya, Schauenburg, Andrea J., Sewell, Andrew K., Burrows, Scott R., Roederer, Mario, Price, David A., Wooldridge, Linda, and van den Berg, Hugo A. (2016) Identification of human viral protein-derived ligands recognized by individual MHCI-restricted T-cell receptors. Immunology and Cell Biology, 94 (6). pp. 573-582.

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Evidence indicates that autoimmunity can be triggered by virus-specific CD8⁺ T cells that crossreact with self-derived peptide epitopes presented on the cell surface by major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) molecules. Identification of the associated viral pathogens is challenging because individual T-cell receptors can potentially recognize up to a million different peptides. Here, we generate peptide length-matched combinatorial peptide library (CPL) scan data for a panel of virus-specific CD8⁺ T-cell clones spanning different restriction elements and a range of epitope lengths. CPL scan data drove a protein database search limited to viruses that infect humans. Peptide sequences were ranked in order of likelihood of recognition. For all anti-viral CD8⁺ T-cell clones examined in this study, the index peptide was either the top-ranked sequence or ranked as one of the most likely sequences to be recognized. Thus, we demonstrate that anti-viral CD8⁺ T-cell clones are highly focused on their index peptide sequence and that 'CPL-driven database searching' can be used to identify the inciting virus-derived epitope for a given CD8⁺ T-cell clone. Moreover, to augment access to CPL-driven database searching, we have created a publicly accessible webtool. Application of these methodologies in the clinical setting may clarify the role of viral pathogens in the etiology of autoimmune diseases.

Item ID: 44961
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1711
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Funders: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Wellcome Trust (WT)
Projects and Grants: BBSRC Grant BB/H001085/1, WT079848MA
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 02:46
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3204 Immunology > 320402 Applied immunology (incl. antibody engineering, xenotransplantation and t-cell therapies) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920108 Immune System and Allergy @ 100%
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