Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 15542180
Vaccine 2004 Dec;23(5):604-14
The adenylate cyclase (CyaA) produced by Bordetella pertussis is able to deliver CD8+ and CD4+ T-cell epitopes genetically grafted within the catalytic domain of the molecule into antigen presenting cells in vivo. We develop now a new approach in which peptides containing CD8+ epitopes are chemically linked to CyaA. We show that CTL responses were induced in mice immunized with CyaA bearing these CD8+ epitopes. Moreover, we demonstrate that the OVA257-264 CD8+ epitope chemically grafted to CyaA is presented to CD8+ T cells by a mechanism requiring (1) proteasome processing, (2) TAP and (3) neosynthesis of MHC class I molecules. Thus, this novel strategy represents a very versatile system as a single CyaA carrier protein could be easily and rapidly coupled to any desired synthetic peptide.