Epitope-specific treatment of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis with a novel MHC class II/peptide construct

G. G. Burrows, B. F. Bebo, K. L. Adlard, B. Siklodi, Arthur Vandenbark, Halina Offner

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Novel single chain MHC class II constructs consisting of only the β1 and α1 domains were produced in E. coli covalently linked to an encephalitogenic peptide known to induce T cell mediated experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in Lewis rats, or complexed with these peptides after purification. The β1α1/MBP-72-89 complex bound specifically to and inhibited activation of MBP-72-89 reactive T cells, and fully suppressed clinical and histological signs of EAE, blocking activation and recruitment of inflammatory T cells into the CNS. Moreover, this complex completely arrested progression of ongoing disease, inhibiting T cell activation in an IL-2 reversible manner. The potent biological properties of this new class of small soluble polypeptides provide a template for human homologues useful for detecting and deleting potentially pathogenic T cells specific for organ specific autoantigens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 20 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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