Probing Molecular Interactions within Class II MHC A(q)/Glycopeptide/T-Cell Receptor Complexes Associated with Collagen-Induced Arthritis.

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T cells obtained in a mouse model for rheumatoid arthritis are activated by a glycopeptide fragment from rat type II collagen (CII) bound to the class II major histocompatibility complex A(q) molecule. We report a comparative model of A(q) in complex with the glycopeptide CII260-267. This model was used in a structure-based design approach where the amide bond between Ala(261) and Gly(262) in the glycopeptide was selected for replacement with psi[COCH2], psi[CH2NH2+], and psi[(E)-CH=CH] isosteres. Ala-Gly isostere building blocks were then synthesized and introduced in CII260-267 and CII259-273 glycopeptides. The modified glycopeptides were evaluated for binding to the A(q) molecule, and the results were interpreted in view of the A(q)/glycopeptide model. Moreover, recognition by a panel of T-cell hybridomas revealed high sensitivity for the backbone modifications. These studies contribute to the understanding of the interactions in the ternary A(q)/glycopeptide/T-cell receptor complexes that activate T cells in autoimmune arthritis and suggest possibilities for new vaccination approaches.


  • Ida Andersson
  • Balik Dzhambazov
  • Rikard Holmdahl
  • Anna Linusson
  • Jan Kihlberg
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  • Medicinal Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5627-5643
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Medical Inflammation Research (013212019)