Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The lack of response to hen egg white lysozyme (HEL) by C57BL (H-2b) mice has been demonstrated previously to be related to the induction of suppressor T (Ts) cells which recognize the amino terminal region of HEL. In this report, the nature of the protein determinant required for Ts cell induction is more precisely detailed using des-1,2,3-HEL (AP-HEL) prepared with an aminopeptidase purified from Aeromonas proteolytica . Remarkably, the removal of just these three amino acids obliterates the ability of HEL to induce Ts cells specific for HEL. Additionally, in contrast to HEL, AP-HEL is able to prime for an in vitro T cell proliferative response to either AP-HEL or HEL. Thus, removal of a very limited region of a protein antigen can drastically alter its immunogenic properties.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/eji.1830140511

Type

Journal article

Journal

European journal of immunology

Publication Date

05/1984

Volume

14

Pages

442 - 447

Keywords

Animals, Chickens, Muramidase, Epitopes, Immune Tolerance, Egg White, Female