Tomo Šarić

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Precursors to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-presented peptides with extra NH2-terminal residues can be efficiently trimmed to mature epitopes in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Here, we purified from liver microsomes a lumenal, soluble aminopeptidase that removes NH2-terminal residues from many antigenic precursors. It was identified as a(More)
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) appears to be specialized to produce peptides presented on class I major histocompatibility complex molecules. We found that purified ERAP1 trimmed peptides that were ten residues or longer, but spared eight-residue peptides. In vivo, ERAP1 enhanced production of an eight-residue ovalbumin epitope from(More)
Genetic alterations in primary prostate cancer (CaP) have been extensively studied, yet little is known about the genetic mechanisms underlying progression of primary CaP to metastatic prostate cancer. As a result, it is not possible to distinguish clinically indolent localized disease from potentially life-threatening tumors with high metastatic potential.(More)
The transplantation of cardiomyocytes derived from embryonic stem (ES) cells into infarcted heart has been shown to improve heart function in animal models. However, immune rejection of transplanted cells may hamper the clinical application of this approach. Natural killer (NK) cells could play an important role in this process in both autologous and(More)
Three different proteolytic processes have been shown to be important in the generation of antigenic peptides displayed on MHC-class I molecules. The great majority of these peoptides are derived from oligopeptides produced during the degradation of intracellular proteins by the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. Novel methods were developed to follow this(More)
Several types of terminally differentiated somatic cells can be reprogrammed into a pluripotent state by ectopic expression of Klf4, Oct3/4, Sox2, and c-Myc. Such induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have great potential to serve as an autologous source of cells for tissue repair. In the process of developing iPS-cell-based therapies, the major goal is to(More)
The degradation of cellular proteins by proteasomes generates peptides 2-24 residues long, which are hydrolyzed rapidly to amino acids. To define the final steps in this pathway and the responsible peptidases, we fractionated by size the peptides generated by proteasomes from beta-[14C]casein and studied in HeLa cell extracts the degradation of the 9-17(More)
The immune response to embryonic stem (ES) cells is still poorly understood. In this study, we addressed the adaptive cellular immune response to undifferentiated and differentiated ES cells infected with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), a vertically transmitted pathogen in mice and humans. In contrast to the prevailing view, we found that(More)
Control of pathogens by formation of abscesses and granulomas is a major strategy of the innate immune system, especially when effector mechanisms of adaptive immunity are insufficient. We show in human listeriosis that DCs expressing indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), together with macrophages, are major cellular components of suppurative granulomas in(More)
Most antigenic peptides presented on MHC class I molecules are generated by proteasomes during protein breakdown. It is unknown whether these peptides are protected from destruction by cytosolic peptidases. In cytosolic extracts, most antigenic peptides are degraded by the metalloendopeptidase, thimet oligopeptidase (TOP). We therefore examined whether TOP(More)