Heat-shock proteins (was: superAg as adjuvant)

John Ladasky ladasky at leland.Stanford.EDU
Sat Dec 10 17:07:51 EST 1994


Greetings, everyone,

	I just started reading about the recognition of heat-shock proteins
by gamma-delta T cells.  So I guess it's a fortunate coincidence that this
topic is being discussed on bionet.immunology at this very moment...

	I've run across references to hsp58, 60, 65, and 70 in the litera-
ture.  It seems that hsp70 shows some homology to MHC molecules.  However,
what about the others?  hsp60 is recognized by a specific gamma-delta T cell
population (V gamma 9, V delta 2) [1].  Is it a "superantigen"?

	How about genomic location?  Which, if any, of these genes are
MHC-encoded?  The only literature I've been able to find on the cytogenetics
of hsp molecules shows that some hsp70 molecules aren't located in the MHC
of the pig [2].  If one accepts the dogma about gene linkage maintaining the 
MHC, there woudln't appear to be any reason to include superantigen-type
molecules in the MHC.

1. Fisch P et. al., Science 250:1269 [1990]
2. Nunes M et. al., Mammalian Genome 4:247 [1993]

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Unique ID : Ladasky, John Joseph Jr.
Title     : BA Biochemistry, U.C. Berkeley, 1989
Location  : Stanford University, Dept. of Structural Biology, Fairchild D-105
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