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    Keywords: OPTIMIZATION ; PEPTIDE ; SPECTRA ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; INHIBITOR ; Germany ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; MOLECULES ; MICE ; ACTIVATION ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; murine ; MEMBER ; MHC ; LYMPHOCYTES ; antigen presentation ; PEPTIDES ; STABILITY ; MHC class I ; DEGRADATION ; SUBUNITS ; TRANSLOCATION ; antigen processing ; CELL-LINE .220 ; HISTOCOMPATIBILITY COMPLEX ; LOADING COMPLEX ; MUTANT MICE ; NEWLY SYNTHESIZED PROTEINS
    Abstract: Tapasin is a member of the MHC class I loading complex where it bridges the TAP peptide transporter to class I molecules. The main role of tapasin is assumed to be the facilitation of peptide loading and optimization of the peptide cargo. Here, we describe another important function for tapasin. In tapasin- deficient (Tpn(-/-)) mice the absence of tapasin was found to have a dramatic effect on the stability of the TAP1/TAP2 heterodimeric peptide transporter. Steady-state expression of TAP protein was reduced more than 100-fold from about 3 x 10(4) TAP molecules per wild-type splenocyte to about 1 x 10(2) TAP per Tpn(-/-) splenocyte. Thus, a major function of murine tapasin appears to be the stabilization of TAR The low amount of TAP molecules in Tpn(-/-) lymphocytes is likely to contribute to the severe impairment of MHC class I expression. Surprisingly, activation of Tpn(-/-) lymphocytes yielded strongly enhanced class I expression comparable to wild-type levels, although TAP expression remained low and in the magnitude of several hundred molecules per cell. The high level of class I on activated Tpn(-/-) cells depended on peptides generated by the proteasome as indicated by blockade with the proteasome-specific inhibitor lactacystin. Lymphocyte activation induced an increase in ubiquitinated proteins that are cleaved into peptides by the proteasome. These findings suggest that in the presence of a large peptide pool in the cytosol, a small number of TAP transporters is sufficient to translocate enough peptides for high class I expression. However, these class I molecules were less stable than those of wild-type cells, indicating that tapasin is not only required for stabilization of TAP but also for optimization of the spectrum of bound peptides
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12594855
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