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Photochem Photobiol. 2001 Feb;73(2):184-90.

Inhibition of cutaneous UV light-induced tumor necrosis factor-alpha protein production by Allotrap 1258, a novel immunomodulatory peptide.

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Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics, College of Medicine and Public Health, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.


Peptides derived from the heavy chain of the HLA Class-I molecules have been shown to modulate immune responses both in vivo and in vitro. Using a computer-aided rational drug design approach, novel immunomodulatory peptides were designed based on peptide 2702.75-85, derived from HLA-B2702. Several peptides were identified which had increased immunomodulatory activity, including peptides RDP1258 and its D-isomer the peptide Allotrap 1258. The present study using Skh/hr hairless mouse skin model evaluated the in vivo effects of Allotrap 1258 on acute UVB-induced skin inflammation. Here we demonstrate that intraperitoneal administration of Allotrap 1258 1 h prior to UV exposure resulted in significantly diminished levels of UV-induced tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha protein production in the epidermis but had no effect on other parameters of the acute UV-induced inflammatory response. By virtue of its ability to suppress TNF-alpha protein production, Allotrap 1258 could prove to be an effective modulator of inflammatory responses.

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