Andres G. Grandea

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Newly assembled major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules, together with the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone calreticulin, interact with the transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP) through a molecule called tapasin. The molecular cloning of tapasin revealed it to be a transmembrane glycoprotein encoded by an MHC-linked gene. It(More)
A plasmid vector has been constructed that directs the synthesis of high levels (approximately 2% of total cellular protein) of fusions between a target protein and maltose-binding protein (MBP) in Escherichia coli. The MBP domain is used to purify the fusion protein in a one step procedure by affinity chromatography to crosslinked amylose resin. The fusion(More)
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules bind peptides that are delivered from the cytosol into the endoplasmic reticulum by the MHC-encoded transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP). Peptide capture by immature heterodimers of class I heavy chains and beta 2-microglobulin may be facilitated by their physical association with TAP.(More)
Influenza remains a serious public health threat throughout the world. Vaccines and antivirals are available that can provide protection from infection. However, new viral strains emerge continuously because of the plasticity of the influenza genome, which necessitates annual reformulation of vaccine antigens, and resistance to antivirals can appear rapidly(More)
Using a mouse mutagenesis screen, we have identified CD83 as being critical for the development of CD4(+) T cells and for their function postactivation. CD11c(+) dendritic cells develop and function normally in mice with a mutated CD83 gene but CD4(+) T cell development is substantially reduced. Additionally, we now show that those CD4(+) cells that develop(More)
Presentation of antigen-derived peptides by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules is dependent on an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) resident glycoprotein, tapasin, which mediates their interaction with the transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP). Independently of TAP, tapasin was required for the presentation of peptides targeted(More)
H2-M3 is a class Ib MHC molecule that binds a highly restricted pool of peptides, resulting in its intracellular retention under normal conditions. However, addition of exogenous M3 ligands induces its escape from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and, ultimately, its expression at the cell surface. These features of M3 make it a powerful and novel model(More)
The cDNA synthesized from mRNA of Dirofilaria immitis female adult worms was cloned into the expression vector lambda gt11. Screening the library with a hyperimmune rabbit antiserum raised against adult worm homogenates yielded several antigen positive clones. One of these clones, lambda cDi2, was recognized by rabbit antisera raised against either D.(More)
T lymphocytes recognize antigens as peptide fragments associated with molecules encoded by the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and expressed on the surface of antigen-presenting cells. In the thymus, T cells bearing alpha beta receptors that react with the MHC molecules expressed by radioresistant stromal elements are positively selected for(More)
Presentation of antigenic peptides to T lymphocytes by MHC class I molecules is regulated by events involving multiple endoplasmic reticulum proteins, including tapasin. By studying the effects of substitutions in the tapasin Ig-like domain, we demonstrated that H-2L(d)/tapasin association can be segregated from reconstitution of folded L(d) surface(More)