Peptidic sequence "HSEAETGPP" is recognized by the sera of pars planitis patients

Castañeda-Sánchez, Jorge I.; Curiel-Quesada, Everardo; Pedrosa-Seres, Miguel; Cancino-Diaz, Mario E.; Rodríguez-Martínez, Sandra; Cancino-Diaz, Juan C.
June 2009
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Jun2009, Vol. 32 Issue 3, pE206
Academic Journal
Purpose: HLA class II, p-36 protein, heat shock protein and retinal antigens have been associated with pars planitis (PP), but their participation in the development of the disease are unknown. A search for new molecules related to PP is necessary. This work focused on the identification of peptides recognized by PP patient sera using the phage display method. Methods: Sera of PP patients were used to isolate peptides fused to M13-phage pIII protein. The response of PP and healthy sera to peptides was determined by ELISA. PCR amplification and sequencing of peptide-encoding fragments from clones with high recognition by PP sera were used to characterize displayed peptides. Results: One hundred clones were randomly selected from a phage display library after three panning rounds using serum proteins from a PP patient. The immunologic response level of 100 clones selected were determined with a major number of patients, it was found that one clone was recognized stronger in PP patients sera than in healthy sera (PP vs. healthy; P<0.05). The peptide-encoding region of this clone was sequenced and translated. The peptide sequence corresponded to HSEAETGPP. An identical amino acid sequence to HSEAETGPP is found in the human proline-rich transmembrane protein 2 which has not been related with eye diseases. Conclusion: These results suggest that the peptide HSEAETGPP is associated with PP.


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