Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific CTL clones were isolated that recognized A-type EBV transformants but not B-type transformants. These A-type-specific CTL clones (HLA B8 restricted) were used to screen peptides derived from the EBV nuclear antigens (EBNAs) 2, 3, 4, and 6 as potential CTL epitopes. Of the 76 peptides screened, one sequence from EBNA 3 (residues 329-353) was recognized by A-type-specific CTL clones after absorption onto target cells (either autologous B-type transformants or PHA blasts). This report is the first description of an EBV target epitope recognized by specific CTL clones.
An Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T cell epitope in EBV nuclear antigen 3 (EBNA 3).
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S R Burrows, T B Sculley, I S Misko, C Schmidt, D J Moss; An Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T cell epitope in EBV nuclear antigen 3 (EBNA 3).. J Exp Med 1 January 1990; 171 (1): 345–349. doi: https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.171.1.345
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