21-Hydroxylase epitopes are targeted by CD8 T cells in autoimmune Addison's disease.
ABSTRACT In autoimmune adrenal deficiency, autoantibodies target the 21-hydroxylase (21OH) protein. However, it is presumed that autoreactive T cells, rather than antibodies, are the main effectors of adrenal gland destruction, but their identification is still lacking. We performed a T-cell epitope mapping study using 49 overlapping 20mer peptides covering the 21OH sequence in patients with isolated Addison's disease, Autoimmune Polyendocrine Syndrome 1 and 2. IFNγ ELISPOT responses against these peptides were stronger, broader and more prevalent among patients than in controls, whatever the disease presentation. Five peptides elicited T-cell responses in patients only (68% sensitivity, 100% specificity). Blocking experiments identified IFNγ-producing cells as CD8 T lymphocytes, with two peptides frequently recognized in HLA-B8+ patients and a third one targeted in HLA-B35+ subjects. In particular, the 21OH(431-450) peptide was highly immunodominant, as it was recognized in more than 30% of patients, all carrying the HLA-B8 restriction element. This 21OH(431-450) region contained an EPLARLEL octamer (21OH(431-438)) predicted to bind to HLA-B8 with high affinity. Indeed, circulating EPLARLEL-specific CD8 T cells were detected at significant frequencies in HLA-B8+ patients but not in controls by HLA tetramer staining. This report enlightens disease-specific T-cell biomarkers and epitopes targeted in autoimmune adrenal deficiency.
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ABSTRACT: Autoimmune Addison's Disease (AAD) is an endocrine and immunological disease of uncertain pathogenesis resulting from the immune system's destruction of the hormone producing cells of the adrenal cortex. The underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unknown, but it is commonly accepted that a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental impact is critical. In the present study, we identified multiple hypomethylated gene promoter regions in patients with isolated AAD using DNA isolated from CD4+ T cells. The identified differentially methylated regions were distributed evenly across the 10.5-kb-promoter regions covered by the array, and a substantial number localized to promoters of genes involved in immune regulation and autoimmunity. This study reveals a hypomethylated status in CD4+ T cells from AAD patients and indicates differential methylation of promoters of key genes involved in immune responses.Molecular Immunology 06/2014; 59(2):208–216. DOI:10.1016/j.molimm.2014.02.018 · 3.00 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In APECED, the key abnormality is in the T cell defect that may lead to tissue destruction chiefly in endocrine organs. Besides, APECED is characterized by high-titer antibodies against a wide variety of cytokines that could partly be responsible for the clinical symptoms during APECED, mainly chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, and linked to antibodies against Th17 cells effector molecules, IL-17 and IL-22. On the other hand, the same antibodies, together with antibodies against type I interferons may prevent the patients from other immunological diseases, such as psoriasis and systemic lupus erythematous. The same effector Th17 cells, present in the lymphocytic infiltrate of target organs of APECED, could be responsible for the tissue destruction. Here again, the antibodies against the corresponding effector molecules, anti-IL-17 and anti-IL-22 could be protective. The occurrence of several effector mechanisms (CD4(+) Th17 cell and CD8(+) CTL and the effector cytokines IL-17 and IL-22), and simultaneous existence of regulatory mechanisms (CD4(+) Treg and antibodies neutralizing the effect of the effector cytokines) may explain the polymorphism of APECED. Almost all the patients develop the characteristic manifestations of the complex, but temporal course and severity of the symptoms vary considerably, even among siblings. The autoantibody profile does not correlate with the clinical picture. One could speculate that a secondary homeostatic balance between the harmful effector mechanisms, and the favorable regulatory mechanisms, finally define both the extent and severity of the clinical condition in the AIRE defective individuals. The proposed hypothesis that in APECED, in addition to strong tissue destructive mechanisms, a controlling regulatory mechanism does exist, allow us to conclude that APECED could be treated, and even cured, with immunological manipulation.Frontiers in Immunology 01/2012; 3:232. DOI:10.3389/fimmu.2012.00232
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ABSTRACT: A new binary, block-coding scheme for the correction of multiple insertion/deletion errors is presented. This coding scheme is based on similar theory to cyclic codes. A generator polynomial g(X) is used to generate a codebook Q. Constraints on valid generator polynomials are identified and an example of a generator polynomial is given.Communications, Computers and signal Processing, 2003. PACRIM. 2003 IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on; 09/2003