HLA-B44 Polymorphisms at Position 116 of the Heavy Chain Influence TAP Complex Binding via an Effect on Peptide Occupancy

Graduate Program in Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor 48109-0620, USA.
The Journal of Immunology (Impact Factor: 4.92). 10/2006; 177(5):3150-61. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.177.5.3150
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A single residue polymorphism distinguishes HLA-B*4402(D116) from HLA-B*4405(Y116), which was suggested to allow HLA-B*4405 to acquire peptides without binding to tapasin-TAP complexes. We show that HLA-B*4405 is not inherently unable to associate with tapasin-TAP complexes. Under conditions of peptide deficiency, both allotypes bound efficiently to TAP and tapasin, and furthermore, random nonamer peptides conferred higher thermostability to HLA-B*4405 than to HLA-B*4402. Correspondingly, under conditions of peptide sufficiency, more rapid peptide-loading, dissociation from TAP complexes, and endoplasmic reticulum exit were observed for HLA-B*4405, whereas HLA-B*4402 showed greater endoplasmic reticulum retention and enhanced tapasin-TAP binding. Together, these studies suggest that position 116 HLA polymorphisms influence peptide occupancy, which in turn determines binding to tapasin and TAP. Relative to HLA-B*4405, inefficient peptide loading of HLA-B*4402 is likely to underlie its stronger tapasin dependence for cell surface expression and thermostability, and its enhanced susceptibility to pathogen interference strategies.

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