In a vaccine model, selected substitution of a highly stimulatory T cell epitope of hen's egg lysozyme into a Salmonella flagellin does not result in a homologous, specific, cellular immune response and may alter the way in which the total antigen is processed

Ricardo A. Vanegas, Nancy E. Street, Terence M. Joys

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A 13 amino acid peptide corresponding to a potent BALB/c mouse T cell epitope of hen's egg lysozyme (HEL) was substituted singly at five sites in the d flagellin of Salmonella muenchen. The resulting chimeric proteins were unable to expand T cells capable of being stimulated by the HEL epitope and induced T cell populations which either failed to respond or responded at a low level to a normally highly stimulatory flagellin T cell epitope that was present in all chimeras. The results suggested that substitution of a T cell epitope in flagellin may alter the processing of the resulting immunogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1997



  • cell-mediated immune response
  • Salmonella
  • T cell epitope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • veterinary(all)

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