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J Immunol. 1992 Feb 15;148(4):1016-24.

The class II MHC-restricted presentation of endogenously synthesized ovalbumin displays clonal variation, requires endosomal/lysosomal processing, and is up-regulated by heat shock.

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  • 1Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division-Lymphocyte Biology, Boston, MA 02115.


LB27.4 cells (a B lymphoblastoid APC) were transfected with a plasmid containing an OVA cDNA. Functional analysis of six independent clones yielded three patterns of MHC-restricted presentation of the endogenously synthesized OVA. A clone displayed either: 1) strong class I and class II-restricted presentation, 2) strong class I but little or no class II-restricted presentation or, 3) only a modest class I-restricted presentation. There was no clonal variation in class II-restricted presentation of exogenous Ag or in the amount of surface class I or II molecules. Heat shock increased the presentation of endogenous but not exogenous Ag with class II. These results indicate that an endogenously synthesized Ag both constitutively and during heat shock can gain access to the class II, MHC-restricted, presentation pathway. The amount of OVA synthesized by a cell correlated with whether OVA-class II complexes were detected. However, the amount of OVA secreted into the extracellular fluid was not sufficient to sensitize APC, which suggests that endogenously synthesized OVA enters the class II pathway of Ag presentation by an intracellular route rather than by an extracellular/reuptake route. Also, the functional and quantitative analysis of the clones suggests that endogenously synthesized OVA was presented more efficiently with class I as compared to class II-MHC molecules. Leupeptin and chloroquine inhibited the class II-restricted presentation of endogenously synthesized OVA. Together these results indicate that endogenously synthesized OVA can gain access to an endosomal/lysosomal compartment via an intracellular route and be processed and presented in association with class II-MHC molecules.

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