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Bioinformation. 2017 Jul 31;13(7):231-236. doi: 10.6026/97320630013231. eCollection 2017.

Short peptide epitope design from hantaviruses causing HFRS.

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Sri Sakthi Amma Institute of Biomedical Research, Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre, Sripuram, Vellore 632 055, Tamil Nadu, India.


Several genotypes of the hantavirus cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and is an important public health problem worldwide. There is now growing interest to develop subunit vaccines especially focused to elicit cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses which are important against viral infection. We identified candidate T-cell epitopes that bind to Class I HLA supertypes towards identifying potential subunit vaccine entity. These epitopes are conserved in all 5 hantavirus genotypes of HFRS (Hantaan, Dobrava- Belgrade, Seoul, Gou virus and Amur). The epitopes identified from S and M segment genomes were analyzed for human proteasome cleavage, transporter associated antigen processing (TAP) efficiency and antigenicity using bioinformatic approaches. The epitope MRNTIMASK which had the two characteristics of high proteasomal cleavage score and TAP score, also had high antigenicity score. Our results indicate that this epitope from the nucleocapsid protein may be considered the most favorable moiety for the development of subunit peptide vaccine.


HFRS; Short peptide; epitope design; hantaviruses

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