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J Immunol Methods. 2011 Nov 30;374(1-2):62-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jim.2010.10.010. Epub 2010 Oct 31.

Applications for T-cell epitope queries and tools in the Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource.

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La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, 9420 Athena Circle, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


The Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (IEDB, hosts a continuously growing set of immune epitope data curated from the literature, as well as data submitted directly by experimental scientists. In addition, the IEDB hosts a collection of prediction tools for both MHC class I and II restricted T-cell epitopes that are regularly updated. In this review, we provide an overview of T-cell epitope data and prediction tools provided by the IEDB. We then illustrate effective use of these resources to support experimental studies. We focus on two applications, namely identification of conserved epitopes in novel strains of a previously studied pathogen, and prediction of novel T-cell epitopes to facilitate vaccine design. We address common questions and concerns faced by users, and identify patterns of usage that have proven successful.

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