Journal article

SYNTHETIC PEPTIDES REPRESENTING SEQUENCES WITHIN GP41 OF HIV AS IMMUNOGENS FOR MURINE T-CELL AND B-CELL RESPONSES

LE BROWN, DO WHITE, C AGIUS, BE KEMP, N YATZAKIS, P POUMBOURIOS, DA MCPHEE, DC JACKSON

ARCHIVES OF VIROLOGY | SPRINGER-VERLAG WIEN | Published : 1995

Abstract

Within the gp41 glycoprotein of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) there is a relatively conserved region which appears accessible to the immune system during the course of HIV infection and is recognised by antibody from virtually all patients with AIDS. This region has also been shown to function as a target for human T cells. We have examined synthetic peptides spanning this sequence, between residues 572 and 604, with a view to evaluating their potential as immunogens. Peptides 572GIKQLQARILAVERYLKDQQ591 and 579RILAVERYLKDQQLLGGIWGCSGK601 were good immunogens in two different strains of mice while peptide 576LQARILAVERYLKDQQ591 was an inferior immunogen, and peptide 593LGIWG..

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