Journal article

Kinetics of Abacavir-Induced Remodelling of the Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I Peptide Repertoire

Patricia T Illing, Andy van Hateren, Rachel Darley, Nathan P Croft, Nicole A Mifsud, Samuel King, Lyudmila Kostenko, Mandvi Bharadwaj, James McCluskey, Tim Elliott, Anthony W Purcell



Abacavir hypersensitivity syndrome can occur in individuals expressing the HLA-B*57:01 major histocompatibility complex class I allotype when utilising the drug abacavir as a part of their anti-retroviral regimen. The drug is known to bind within the HLA-B*57:01 antigen binding cleft, leading to the selection of novel self-peptide ligands, thus provoking life-threatening immune responses. However, the sub-cellular location of abacavir binding and the mechanics of altered peptide selection are not well understood. Here, we probed the impact of abacavir on the assembly of HLA-B*57:01 peptide complexes. We show that whilst abacavir had minimal impact on the maturation or average stability of HL..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia (NHMRC) Project grants 1122099 and 1165490 (awarded to AP) and by a Cancer Research UK programme grant C7056A and BBSRC project grant BB/L010402/1 (both awarded to TE). PI was supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (1072159) and a Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship. AP acknowledges salary support from a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (1137739).