Oct 15, 1989

Recognition of hepatitis B virus envelope proteins by liver-infiltrating T lymphocytes in chronic HBV infection

The Journal of Immunology : Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
V BarnabaF Balsano


The Ag specificity and cytotoxic function of human T cell clones, generated from lymphocytes infiltrating the liver of a chronic hepatitis B patient, were studied. Both class I- and class II-restricted T clones specifically proliferated to hepatitis B virus envelope proteins, but not to hepatitis B core Ag. The fine specificity of T cells was studied by using rAg having different composition in relation to HBV-envelope proteins or synthetic peptides of preS regions. The antigenic determinant recognized by T cell clones mapped to the preS2 region based on the response to r(preS1+preS2+S) and to r(preS2+S) and the failure to respond to S or preS1 alone. More precise epitope mapping was based on synthetic preS2 peptides 120-150 or 120-134, which stimulated both class I- and class II-restricted T clones, whereas preS2 153-171 or preS1 1-110 peptides did not; thus, the preS2 120-134 appears to contain both the residues binding to class I molecules and the residues binding to class II molecules. Moreover, strong and specific cytotoxic responses of these clones were observed only when HLA-matched EBV-lines, used as target cells, were previously sensitized with r(preS1+preS2+S) or preS2 peptides, which were shown to stimulate the clone...Continue Reading

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TC2 Cells
Cell Motility
Lymphocytes as Percentage of Blood Leukocytes (Lab Test)
Antigenic Specificity
Dane Particle
Hepatitis B, Chronic
HLA Antigens
Chronic Persistent Hepatitis
Lymphocyte Activation

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