Send to

Choose Destination
J Parasitol. 1994 Apr;80(2):260-6.

Isolation of naturally processed peptides from a Toxoplasma gondii-infected human B lymphoma cell line that are recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes.

Author information

Department of Medical Zoology, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Japan.


Naturally processed peptides derived from Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) were acid extracted from T. gondii-infected cells and detected by cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) derived from peripheral blood lymphocytes of a patient with chronic toxoplasmosis. The CTL lines were obtained by weekly in vitro stimulation with a T. gondii-infected human B cell lymphoma line, ARH, which shares HLA-A2 and -Cw4 determinants with the patient. The lytic activity of these CTL lines against T. gondii-infected ARH and ARH pulsed with fraction 29 of a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) extract from T. gondii-infected ARH was inhibited by an anti-HLA-A, B, C monoclonal antibody (mAb) and an anti-HLA-A2 mAb. Anti-HLA-DR mAb failed to block the lytic activity. Thus, the presentation of peptides by T. gondii-infected cells for CTL is mediated by HLA-A2 molecules. Interestingly, antigen presentation of ARH pulsed with naturally processed HPLC fraction 29 peptides was not inhibited by treatment with brefeldin A. The amino acid sequence of the HLA-A2-bound peptide in fraction 29 was in part consistent with the predictive algorithm of HLA-A2-binding peptide motifs.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center