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Quick!  Switch out your peptide! 

Published by Marc Delcommenne, PhD on

The immunotherapy field is making great progress in aiding many disease treatments.  The hope is that one day, personalized immunotherapy can be used so each patient can use their own immune system to overcome their specific disease affliction.  QuickSwitch is a tool for creating custom MHC class I tetramers quickly and easily.

There is currently a great interest in discovering novel peptide sequences from pathogens or tumors (neo-epitopes) that can be used for developing various CD8+ T cell based immunotherapies. The combination of whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing analysis with mass spectrometry now permits rapid identification of a myriad of peptide candidates. As a first screening step, potential binders to MHC molecules can be determined using MHC class I prediction algorithms. However, these algorithms typically generate a large proportion of false binders, therefore requiring experimental validation. To make this task easier, we have devised a fast, affordable and user-friendly assay (QuickSwitch Quant kit) that can both help determine binding of peptides to MHC class I molecules and generate MHC class I tetramers with these peptides for detection of peptide specific T cells.  Peptide exchange does not require any special instrument.  Peptides are added to tetramers along with a peptide exchange factor.  After a 4 hour incubation, peptide exchange is assessed by a capture assay and quantitated by flow cytometry.  New peptide specificity tetramers can then be used directly for staining T cells. 

 Schematic of QuickSwitch Assay


Time line for QuickSwitch peptide exchange

Here is a diagram showing how QuickSwitch Quant assay for peptide exchange works:

How peptide exchange works using QuickSwitch

Kits are available with one human allele (HLA-A*02:01) and one mouse allele (H-2 Kb).  More alleles will follow in the near future.  Quickswitch tetramers are available with three fluorochromes: Phycoerythrin (PE), Allophycocyanin (APC), or Brilliant Violet 421 (BV421). 

Finally, we also provide Quickswitch kits without the peptide exchange quantitation module.  This version may interest researchers who are absolutely sure their peptides are good binders- based on literature, from existing commercial multimers or previous experiments.  This provides a significant cost benefit (several tetramers can be made for the price of one) and frees up time (don't have to wait for custom-made tetramers).  Both the Quant kit and Non-Quant kits allow for sensitive peptide sequences to remain confidential. 

QuickSwitch tetramers are great for detecting low and high affinity CMV responses!

MBLI offers QuickSwitch kits as well as stock and custom peptides.  Click here to learn more about our peptide offerings.

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