Jonathan M. Boulter

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Analogue peptides with enhanced binding affinity to major histocompatibility class (MHC) I molecules are currently being used in cancer patients to elicit stronger T cell responses. However, it remains unclear as to how alterations of anchor residues may affect T cell receptor (TCR) recognition. We correlate functional, thermodynamic, and structural(More)
Activation of cytotoxic T cells is initiated by engagement of the T-cell receptor (TCR) with peptide-major histocompatibility class I complexes (pMHCI). The CD8 co-receptor also binds to pMHCI, but at a distinct site, and allows the potential for tripartite TCR/pMHCI/CD8 interactions, which can increase T cell antigen sensitivity. There has been a(More)
CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) are key determinants of immunity to intracellular pathogens and neoplastic cells. Recognition of specific antigens in the form of peptide-MHC class I complexes (pMHCI) presented on the target cell surface is mediated by T cell receptor (TCR) engagement. The CD8 coreceptor binds to invariant domains of pMHCI and(More)
Naturally selected T-cell receptors (TCRs) are characterised by low binding affinities, typically in the range 1-100 microM. Crystal structures of syngeneic TCRs bound to peptide major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) antigens exhibit a conserved mode of binding characterised by a distinct diagonal binding geometry, with poor shape complementarity (SC)(More)
Natural T cell receptors (TCRs) generally bind to their cognate pMHC molecules with weak affinity and fast kinetics, limiting their use as therapeutic agents. Using phage display, we have engineered a high affinity version of the A6 wild-type TCR (A6wt), specific for the human leukocyte antigen (HLA-A(∗)0201) complexed with human T cell lymphotropic virus(More)
HLA-A*6801 exhibits several unusual features. First, it is known to bind weakly to CD8 due to the presence of an A245V substitution in the alpha3 domain. Second, it is able to accommodate unusually long peptides as a result of peptide 'kinking' in the binding groove. Third, CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes that recognise HLA-A*6801-restricted antigens can(More)
The interaction between T cell receptors (TCR) and peptide-major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) antigens can lead to varying degrees of agonism (T cell activation), or antagonism. The P14 TCR recognises the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)-derived peptide, gp33 residues 33-41 (KAVYNFATC), presented in the context of H-2D(b). The cellular(More)
1. Introduction Functions and biochemical properties of several membrane transporter proteins from human erythrocyte, in particular, the glucose transporter (Glut1) and anion exchanger (AE1, also called Band 3) have been extensively characterized. Glut1 is a member of the mammalian facilitative glucose transporter family Glut1-13 (1,2). The 50-kDa integral(More)
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