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Lymphocyte specificity to protein antigens. V. Conformational dependence of activation of cytochrome c-specific T cells.
European Journal of Immunology
Variations in the immunogenic and antigenic properties of native and denatured forms of cytochrome c were observed depending on the strain of mouse tested. In C57BL/6 and (C57BL/6 X DBA/2)F1 (BDF1) mice, priming with either native or denatured cytochrome c (apocytochrome c) gave rise to T cell blasts responding in a similar fashion to the two forms of the antigen and to different peptides derived from CNBr cleavage of the protein when tested for proliferation in the presence of C57BL/6 or BDF1 accessory cells. A different pattern of proliferation was observed when apocytochrome c-specific DBA/2 or BDF1 T cell blasts were tested with DBA/2 accessory cells. In this case, no response was obtained to heme peptide 1-65. This was not due to an inability of DBA/2 macrophages to process and present heme peptide 1-65, as they were able to present this antigen to native cytochrome c-specific BDF1 T cell blasts. Thus, it seems that different sets of clones are generated upon priming BDF1 mice with denatured cytochrome c which are able to recognize different sets of peptides depending on the nature of the accessory cells. The results obtained are consistent with the hypothesis that degradation and presentation of native and denatured cytochrome c by macrophages is dependent on the three-dimensional conformation of the protein.
Animals, Apolipoproteins/immunology, Apolipoproteins C, Cattle, Cytochrome c Group/immunology, Epitopes, Lymphocyte Activation, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Inbred DBA, Protein Conformation, Species Specificity, T-Lymphocytes/immunology, Time Factors
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