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High Level Expression of HLA-A ~*0203-BSP Fusion Protein in Escherichia coli and Construction of Soluble HLA-A ~*0203 Monomer and Tetramer Loaded with Epstein-Barr Virus Peptide


  Major histocompatibility complex(MHC) tetramer technology is critical for characterization of antigen-specific T cells. In the present study we reported the successful generation of HLA-A*0203 tetramer loaded with Epstein-Barr virus EBNA3596-604 peptide(SVRDRLARL,SVR) . Prokaryotic expression vector for the ectodomain of the heavy chain of HLA-A*0203 fused with a BirA substrate peptide(HLA-A*0203-BSP) was constructed and the expression conditions of the fusion protein in Escherichia coli(E. coli) were optimized. The fusion protein was highly expressed in inclusion bodies within E. coli. It was then refolded in the presence of β2-microglobulin and SVR peptide to form a soluble HLA-A*0203-SVR monomer. After biotinylation with BirA,the monomer was purified by anion-exchange chromatography and its purity was up to 95%. The tetramer was then formulated by mixing the biotinylated monomer with streptavidin-PE at a ratio of 4:1. Flow cytometry showed that this tetramer could specifically react with antigen-specific CD8+ T cells,indicating that it was biologically functional. These results provide a foundation for further characterization of antigen-specific CD8+ T cells from HLA-A*0203 subjects.……   
[关键词]:HLA-A*0203;tetramer;Epstein-Barr virus;prokaryotic expression;biotinylation
[文献类型]:期刊
[文献出处]: 《Cellular Molecular Immunology2007年04期
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