Knowledge-based grouping of modeled HLA peptide complexes

Pandjassarame Kangueane, Meena K. Sakharkar, Kuan S. Lim, Han Hao, Kui Lin, Ren E. Chee, Prasanna R. Kolatkar

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Human leukocyte antigens are the most polymorphic of human genes and multiple sequence alignment shows that such polymorphisms are clustered in the functional peptide binding domains. Because of such polymorphism among the peptide binding residues, the prediction of peptides that bind to specific HLA molecules is very difficult. In recent years two different types of computer based prediction methods have been developed and both the methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. The nonavailability of allele specific binding data restricts the use of knowledge-based prediction methods for a wide range of HLA alleles. Alternatively, the modeling scheme appears to be a promising predictive tool for the selection of peptides that bind to specific HLA molecules. The scoring of the modeled HLA-peptide complexes is a major concern. The use of knowledge based rules (van der Waals clashes and solvent exposed hydrophobic residues) to distinguish binders from nonbinders is applied in the present study. The rules based on (1) number of observed atomic clashes between the modeled peptide and the HLA structure, and (2) number of solvent exposed hydrophobic residues on the modeled peptide effectively discriminate experimentally known binders from poor/nonbinders. Solved crystal complexes show no vdW Clash (vdWC) in 95% cases and no solvent exposed hydrophobic peptide residues (SEHPR) were seen in 86% cases. In our attempt to compare experimental binding data with the predicted scores by this scoring scheme, 77% of the peptides are correctly grouped as good binders with a sensitivity of 71%. (C) 2000 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-466
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Immunology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2000



  • Grouping rules
  • HLA-peptide
  • Modeling
  • VdWC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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Kangueane, P., Sakharkar, M. K., Lim, K. S., Hao, H., Lin, K., Chee, R. E., & Kolatkar, P. R. (2000). Knowledge-based grouping of modeled HLA peptide complexes. Human Immunology, 61(5), 460-466.