Beta-2-glycoprotein 1-dependent macrophage uptake of apoptotic cells. Binding to lipoprotein receptor-related protein receptor family members.
ABSTRACT The recognition and removal of apoptotic cells is critical to development, tissue homeostasis, and the resolution of inflammation. Many studies have shown that phagocytosis is regulated by signaling mechanisms that involve distinct ligand-receptor interactions that drive the engulfment of apoptotic cells. Studies from our laboratory have shown that the plasma protein beta-2-glycoprotein 1 (beta2GP1), a member of the short consensus repeat superfamily, binds phosphatidylserine-containing vesicles and apoptotic cells and promotes their bridging and subsequent engulfment by phagocytes. The phagocyte receptor for the protein/apoptotic cell complex, however, is unknown. Here we report that a member of the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein family on phagocytes binds and facilitates engulfment of beta2GP1-phosphatidylserine and beta2GP1-apoptotic cell complexes. Using recombinant beta2GP1, we also show that beta2GP1-dependent uptake is mediated by bridging of the target cell to the phagocyte through the protein C- and N-terminal domains, respectively.
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ABSTRACT: The Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) is characterized by thrombosis and pregnancy loss, clinical events mediated by pathogenic anti-phospholipid autoantibodies (aPL). β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) is the major autoantigens recognized by aPL. β2GPI is a cationic protein that binds to negatively charged surfaces such as those of apoptotic cells. This feature may lead to two major events: i) immunization with β2GPI fosters the Fc-receptor-mediated uptake by antigen presenting cells of apoptotic material decorated with β2GPIand the activation ofβ2GPI-specific T cells which in turn provide help to β2GPI-specific B cells for the production of anti-β2GPI; ii) apoptotic bodies decorated with β2GPI can be opsonized by anti-β2GPI and shifted towards a pro-inflammatory clearance by macrophages; epitope spread can occur with the generation of autoimmunity against nuclear autoantigens. In the presence of a predisposing genetic background and of a particular cytokine environment (type I interferons), the sequential emergence of autoantibodies can evolve into overt clinical disease. The spectrum of clinical phenotypes of the patients can be modulated by several factors affecting the pathogenicity of anti-β2GPI (e.g. domain specificity). We conclude that dying cells may play a dual role in APS: (I) as immunogen for the induction of aPL (etiology) and (II) as targets of aPL for the chronification of inflammation and the development of autoimmune diseases (pathology).Autoimmunity 05/2013; · 2.77 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is diagnosed in patients with recurrent thromboembolic events and/or pregnancy loss in the presence of persistent laboratory evidence for antiphospholipid antibodies. Diagnostic tests for the detection of antiphospholipid antibodies include laboratory assays that detect anticardiolipin antibodies, lupus anticoagulants, and anti-β(2)-glycoprotein I antibodies. These assays have their origins beginning >60 years ago, with the identification of the biologic false positive test for syphilis, the observation of "circulating anticoagulants" in certain patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, the identification of cardiolipin as a key component in the serologic test for syphilis, and the recognition and characterization of a "cofactor" for antibody binding to phospholipids. Although these assays have been used clinically for many years, there are still problems with the accurate diagnosis of patients with this syndrome. For example, lupus anticoagulant testing can be difficult to interpret in patients receiving anticoagulant therapy, but most patients with a thromboembolic event will already be anticoagulated before the decision to perform the tests has been made. In addition to understanding limitations of the assays, clinicians also need to be aware of which patients should be tested and not obtain testing on patients unlikely to have APS. New tests and diagnostic strategies are in various stages of development and should help improve our ability to accurately diagnose this important clinical disorder.American Journal of Hematology 03/2012; 87 Suppl 1:S75-81. · 4.00 Impact Factor
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