Influence of saccharide size on the cellular immune response to glycopeptides
2003 (English)In: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Vol. 1, 2063-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Glycopeptides that bind to MHC molecules on antigen presenting cells may elicit carbohydrate selective T cells. In order to investigate how the cellular immune response depends on the size of the carbohydrate moiety, a trigalactosylated derivative of an immunogenic peptide from hen egg-white lysozyme (HEL52–61) was prepared. Synthesis was accomplished by assembly of an -1,4-linked trigalactose peracetate which was coupled to Fmoc serine. After activation as a pentafluorophenyl ester the resulting building block was used in solid-phase synthesis. In contrast to the corresponding mono- and digalactosylated derivatives of HEL52–61, the trigalactosylated HEL52–61 was not immunogenic. Somewhat surprisingly, this was found to be because the trigalactosyl derivative bound approximately two orders of magnitude weaker to I-Ak MHC molecules than the mono- and digalactosyl peptides. Our observation suggests an explanation for previous findings, which show that glycopeptides isolated from MHC molecules in nature usually carry small saccharides.
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2003. Vol. 1, 2063-9 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-9932DOI: doi:10.1039/b301747hOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-9932DiVA: diva2:149603