Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 20362206
Vaccine 2010 May;28(22):3818-26
We previously identified two HLA-DRB1*0101-restricted epitopes in hepatitis B virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) and in HBV envelope proteins (preS2). To evaluated their help in the development of CD8+ T-cell responses, mice transgenic for human class I and class II HLA molecules were immunized with HBV-T helper constructs. The preS2 epitope favored a well-balanced response with CD4+ and CD8+ T cells producing IFN-gamma, IL-2 and TNF-alpha. The response was focused on CD8+ T cells with the HBx epitope. Fine characterization of helper activities may meet clinical needs in terms of enhancing the potency of preventive or therapeutic polyepitope vaccines.