Circular Dichroism and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Studies on T-Cell Epitopic Peptide Fragments of Influenza Virus Hemagglutinin

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Abstract

Epitopic peptides representing the C-terminal (HA1) region of cleaved hemagglutinin of influenza virus from different serotypes were synthesized. Circular dichroism and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic data showed that peptides HS2 and HS3 have a predominantly α-helical conformation in trifluoroethanol. Recently a component band appearing between 1640 and 1635 cm-1 in the amide I region of the Fourier-transform infrared spectra of polypeptides has been correlated with strongly H-bonded β-turns (Ref. 8). Using this assignment, HS1 was found to contain less α-helix but have tendency to adopt β-turn(s). Interestingly, fragment HS2 with the highest α-helix content proved to be the poorest T-cell epitope among serotypes HS1-HS3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1247-1254
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Volume193
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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