Conjugation of latent membrane protein (LMP)-2 epitope to gold nanoparticles as highly immunogenic multiple antigenic peptides for induction of Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocyte responses in vitro

Wai Hung Cheung, Vera Sau Fong Chan, Heung Wing Pang, Man Kin Wong, Zhi Hong Guo, Paul Kwong Hang Tam, Chi Ming Che, Chen Lung Lin, Wing Yiu Yu

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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a neoplasm with a high incidence in Southeast Asia, and it is strongly associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) activation involving the expression of a weakly immunogenic protein, namely, latent membrane protein (LMP)-2. Previous immunological studies already identified the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-All restricted peptide epitope (SSCSSCPLSK) in the LMP-2 antigen. In this work, we prepared gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-peptide conjugate 1 by treating the nanoparticles with the Af-cysteinated LMP-2 epitope. The AuNP-peptide conjugates have been characterized by TEM (15-24 nm in diameter) and UV-vis spectroscopy (surface plasmon resonance absorption band at λmax = 520 nm). In the presence of a CALNN capping peptide, the AuNP-peptide conjugates are stable in solution without aggregation at room temperature for at least 48 h. By ELIspot studies, AuNP-peptide conjugate 1 was found to elicit a significantly stronger INF-γ response [number of spot forming cells (SPC) = 727 ± 198] from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of healthy HLA-A11 donors when compared to that induced by the unconjugated LMP-2 peptides (SFC = 73 ± 28). Further studies showed that dendritic cells treated with conjugate 1 can effect CD8+ T-cell activation leading to epitope-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte killing responses in vitro.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology

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