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Eur J Microbiol Immunol (Bp). 2016 Dec 1;6(4):306-311. eCollection 2016 Dec 1.

Usage of Murine T-cell Hybridoma Cells as Responder Cells Reveals Interference of Helicobacter Pylori with Human Dendritic Cell-mediated Antigen Presentation.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology , Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin , 12203 Berlin, Germany.
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin , Hindenburgdamm 30, 12200 Berlin, Germany.
Mycotic and Parasitic Agents and Mycobacteria, Department of Infectious Diseases, Robert Koch-Institute , Berlin, Germany.


Direct effects of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) on human CD4+ T-cells hamper disentangling a possible bacterial-mediated interference with major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II)-dependent antigen presentation to these cells. To overcome this limitation, we employed a previously described assay, which enables assessing human antigen-processing cell function by using murine T-cell hybridoma cells restricted by human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles. HLA-DR1+ monocyte-derived dendritic cells were exposed to H. pylori and pulsed with the antigen 85B from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). Interleukin-2 (IL-2) secretion by AG85Baa97-112-specific hybridoma cells was then evaluated as an integral reporter of cognate antigen presentation. This methodology enabled revealing of interference of H. pylori with the antigen-presenting capacity of human dendritic cells.


Helicobacter pylori; T-cells; antigen presentation; dendritic cells; hybridoma cells

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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