A polypeptide fragment obtained by CNBr cleavage of the hemagglutinin from A/JAPAN/305/57 influenza virus has been purified by using high performance liquid chromatography. The first five N-terminal amino acids as determined by sequential Edman degradations have localized this peptide to the HA2 subunit of the hemagglutinin between residues 103 and 123. This peptide, denoted HA2(103-23), can generate both proliferative and cytolytic responses from spleen cells of BALB/c mice previously immunized with A/JAPAN/305/57. These results demonstrate that a single nonglycosylated fragment of the influenza hemagglutinin as small as 21 amino acid residues is capable of being recognized as an antigenic determinant to generate influenza CTL from primed precursors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1983|