Purification and characterization of endogenous peptides extracted from HLA-DR isolated from the spleen of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.
Gordon RD., Young JA., Rayner S., Luke RW., Crowther ML., Wordsworth P., Bell J., Hassall G., Evans J., Hinchliffe SA.
We have purified HLA-DR from the spleen of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. The patient had Felty's syndrome and was heterozygous for the DR4Dw4 antigen. We have isolated endogenous peptides from purified HLA-DR molecules. The peptides were purified by reverse phase HPLC and the major peaks were subjected to N-terminal sequencing. The peptides were derived from a variety of proteins: human serum albumin, human erythroid protein 4.1, 60S ribosomal proteins L31 and L35, VCAM-1, human immunoglobulin lambda chain and cathepsin-S. A peptide corresponding to the sequence of human serum albumin (HSA) residues 106-120 was synthesized and shown to bind to HLA-DR4Dw4 (IC50 = 1.41 microM). We have confirmed and refined current ideas about the structural motif for the binding of peptides to HLA-DR and HLA-DR4Dw4.