We present MHC-NP, a tool for predicting peptides naturally processed by the MHC pathway. The method was part of the 2nd Machine Learning Competition in Immunology and yielded state-of-the-art accuracy for the prediction of peptides eluted from human HLA-A*02:01, HLA-B*07:02, HLA-B*35:01, HLA-B*44:03, HLA-B*53:01, HLA-B*57:01 and mouse H2-D(b) and H2-K(b) MHC molecules. We briefly explain the theory and motivations that have led to developing this tool. General applicability in the field of immunology and specifically epitope-based vaccine are expected. Our tool is freely available online and hosted by the Immune Epitope Database at http://tools.immuneepitope.org/mhcnp/.
Keywords: Epitope; Immunology; Kernel; MHC; Machine learning; Vaccinology.