HLA-A2.1-associated peptides from a mutant cell line: a second pathway of antigen presentation

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Science  06 Mar 1992:
Vol. 255, Issue 5049, pp. 1264-1266
DOI: 10.1126/science.1546329


Peptides extracted from HLA-A2.1 class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules expressed on the antigen processing mutant CEMx721.174.T2 were characterized by electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry. Only seven dominant peptides were found, in contrast to over 200 associated with HLA-A2.1 on normal cells. These peptides were derived from the signal peptide domains of normal cellular proteins, were usually larger than nine residues, and were also associated with HLA-A2.1 in normal cells. These results suggest that proteolysis of signal peptide domains in the endoplasmic reticulum is a second mechanism for processing and presentation of peptides for association with class I molecules.

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