Interaction of Streptavidin-Based Peptide-MHC Oligomers (Tetramers) with Cell-Surface T Cell Receptors
Author(s)Stone, Jennifer D.; Artyomov, Maxim N.; Chervin, Adam S.; Chakraborty, Arup K.; Eisen, Herman N.; Kranz, David; ... Show more Show less
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he binding of oligomeric peptide–MHC (pMHC) complexes to cell surface TCR can be considered to approximate TCR–pMHC interactions at cell-cell interfaces. In this study, we analyzed the equilibrium binding of streptavidin-based pMHC oligomers (tetramers) and their dissociation kinetics from CD8[superscript pos] T cells from 2C-TCR transgenic mice and from T cell hybridomas that expressed the 2C TCR or a high-affinity mutant (m33) of this TCR. Our results show that the tetramers did not come close to saturating cell-surface TCR (binding only 10–30% of cell-surface receptors), as is generally assumed in deriving affinity values (K[subscript D]), in part because of dissociative losses from tetramer-stained cells. Guided by a kinetic model, the oligomer dissociation rate and equilibrium constants were seen to depend not only on monovalent association and dissociation rates (k[subscript off] and k[subscript on]), but also on a multivalent association rate (μ) and TCR cell-surface density. Our results suggest that dissociation rates could account for the recently described surprisingly high frequency of tetramer-negative, functionally competent T cells in some T cell responses.
DepartmentInstitute for Medical Engineering and Science; David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemistry; Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Journal of Immunology
American Association of Immunologists
Stone, J. D. et al. “Interaction of Streptavidin-Based Peptide-MHC Oligomers (Tetramers) with Cell-Surface TCRs.” The Journal of Immunology 187.12 (2011): 6281–6290.
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