TAP-Independent MHC Class I Presentation

Author(s): Mette Voldby Larsen, Morten Nielsen, Andreas Weinzierl, Ole Lund

Journal Name: Current Immunology Reviews

Volume 2 , Issue 3 , 2006

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The predominant pathway leading to Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class I presentation of endogenous peptides includes their transport via Transporter associated with Antigen Processing (TAP) molecules. From TAP deficient cells it is, however, known that the ligands of some MHC class I alleles can be presented in a TAP-independent fashion. Professional Antigen Presenting Cells (APCs), which present exogenously acquired peptides, also apply both TAP-dependent and -independent pathways for their MHC class I presentation. TAP-independent pathways for MHC class I presentation of endogenous peptides is interesting for several reasons: Firstly, many virus and tumours specifically inhibit TAP function to avoid immune detection. Secondly, TAP has been shown to be a limiting factor in antigen presentation and it is therefore likely that other less crowded routes are more efficient. Thirdly, since the ligands of some MHC class I molecules are poor TAP substrates they need other means of gaining access to loadable MHC class I molecules. When designing epitope-based vaccines, it may therefore prove essential to take the TAP-independent pathways into consideration. In this review we focus on the many different intracellular pathways that have been suggested to lead to TAP-independent MHC class I presentation of endogenous peptides.

Keywords: TAP, MHC class I, antigen presentation, signal sequences

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Year: 2006
Page: [233 - 245]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/157339506778018550
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