Immunodominant regions of a Chlamydia trachomatis type III secretion effector protein, Tarp

Jie Wang, Yingqian Zhang, Ping Yu, Guangming Zhong

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We have previously shown that individuals infected with Chlamydia trachomatis can develop a robust antibody response to a Chlamydia type III secretion effector protein called Tarp and that immunization with Tarp induces protection against challenge infection in mice. The current study aimed to map the immunodominant regions of the Tarp protein by expressing 11 fragments of Tarp as glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion proteins and detecting the reactivity of these fusion proteins with antisera from patients infected with C. trachomatis in the urogenital tract or in the ocular tissue and from rabbits immunized with C. trachomatis organisms. A major immunodominant region was strongly recognized by all antibodies. This region covers amino acids 152 to 302, consisting of three repeats (amino acids 152 to 201, 202 to 251, and 252 to 302). Each of the repeats contains multiple tyrosine residues that are phosphorylated by host cell kinases when Tarp is injected into host cells. Several other minor immunodominant regions were also identified, including those comprising amino acids 1 to 156, 310 to 431, and 582 to 682 (recognized by antisera from both humans and rabbits), that comprising amino acids 425 to 581 (recognized only by human antisera), and that comprising amino acids 683 to 847 (preferentially recognized by rabbit antisera). This immunodominance was also confirmed by the observations that six out of the nine monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) bound to the major immunodominant region and that the other three each bound to one of the minor fragments, comprising amino acids 1 to 119, 120 to 151, and 310 to 431. The antigenicity analyses have provided important information for further understanding the structure and function of Tarp.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1371-1376
Number of pages6
JournalClinical and Vaccine Immunology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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