N. K. Steede

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Antigen three-dimensional structure potentially controls presentation of CD4(+) T-cell epitopes by limiting the access of proteolytic enzymes and MHC class II antigen-presenting proteins. The protease-sensitive mobile loops of Hsp10s from mycobacteria, Escherichia coli, and bacteriophage T4 (T4Hsp10) are associated with adjacent immunodominant helper T-cell(More)
The specificity and intensity of CD4(+) helper T-cell responses determine the effectiveness of immune effector functions. Promiscuously immunodominant helper T-cell epitopes in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) envelope glycoprotein gp120 could be important in the development of broadly protective immunity, but the underlying mechanisms of(More)
Antigen three-dimensional structure potentially limits the access of endoproteolytic processing enzymes to cleavage sites and of class II major histocompatibility antigen-presenting proteins to helper T-cell epitopes. Helper T-cell epitopes in bacteriophage T4 Hsp10 have been mapped by restimulation of splenocytes from CBA/J and C57BL/6J mice immunized in(More)
CD4(+) helper T cells specific for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) are associated with control of viremia. Nevertheless, vaccines have had limited effectiveness thus far, in part because sequence variability and other structural features of the HIV envelope glycoprotein deflect the immune response. Previous studies indicated that CD4(+) T-cell(More)
UNLABELLED Helper T-cell epitope dominance in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein gp120 is not adequately explained by peptide binding to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins. Antigen processing potentially influences epitope dominance, but few, if any, studies have attempted to reconcile the influences of antigen(More)
Antigen three-dimensional structure potentially limits antigen processing and presentation to helper T-cell epitopes. The association of helper T-cell epitopes with the mobile loop in Hsp10s from mycobacteria and bacteriophage T4 suggests that the mobile loop facilitates proteolytic processing and presentation of adjacent sequences. Sites of initial(More)
A highly flexible, yet conserved polypeptide loop of Hsp10 mediates binding to Hsp60 in the course of chaperonin-dependent protein folding. Previous transferred nuclear Overhauser effect (trNOE) studies with peptides based on the mobile loop of the Escherichiacoli and bacteriophage T4 Hsp10s suggested that the mobile loop adopts a characteristic hairpin(More)
Chaperonins cpn60/cpn10 (GroEL/GroES in Escherichia coli) assist folding of nonnative polypeptides. Folding of the chaperonins themselves is distinct in that it entails assembly of a sevenfold symmetrical structure. We have characterized denaturation and renaturation of the recombinant human chaperonin 10 (cpn10), which forms a heptamer. Denaturation(More)
Most individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) generate a CD4(+) T-cell response that is dominated by a few epitopes. Immunodominance may be counterproductive because a broad CD4(+) T-cell response is associated with reduced viral load. Previous studies indicated that antigen three-dimensional structure controls antigen(More)