Juvenile arthritis, HLA-A2 and binding of DEK oncogene-peptides

Leonardo Forero, Norberto W. Zwirner, Chester W. Fink, Marcelo A. Fernández-Viña, Peter Stastny

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Previous studies have shown that susceptibility to Pauciarticular Juvenile Arthritis is associated with HLA-A*0201. Recently, autoantibodies against the protein of the DEK oncogene have been found in sera of patients with this disease. If T cells are involved in the pathogenesis of joint lesions, it is possible that they target autoantigens presented by HLA- A*0201. Therefore, we investigated whether DEK-derived peptides can bind efficiently to HLA-A*0201. Nonameric peptides selected considering anchor positions 2 and 9, and preferred amino acids at other positions, were incubated either with the human TAP-deficient cell line 174CEM.T2 (T2) or with the homozygous B cell line JESTHOM (A*0201, B*2705, Cw1), previously depleted of endogenous peptides. Binding was measured as the increase of detection of fully assembled, HLA-A*0201 molecules by flow cytometry with the anti-HLA-A2 monoclonal antibody (mAb) BB7.2. Three out of ten selected DEK-derived peptides showed binding to HLA-A*0201, which was peptide concentration-dependent (1 μM to 100 μM). DEK155-163 (AMLKSICEV), which also has two preferred amino acid residues at positions 6 and 8, yielded the highest binding. DEK163-171 (VLDLERSGV) and DEK72-80 (SLQREPFTI), which also has one preferred amino acid residue at position 8, also were able to bind to HLA-A*0201. Furthermore, peptide-induced, fully assembled, HLA-A*0201 molecules were immunoprecipitated with the BB7.2 mAb from metabolically- labeled T2 cells incubated with DEK72-80, DEK155-163, and DEK163-171. A faint band was observed in the immunoprecipitates of cells incubated with DEK65-73 (it carries a preferred amino acid residue at position 6), suggesting that this peptide interacts weakly with HLA-A*0201. These results indicate that several nonameric peptides derived from the DEK protein can bind to HLA- A*0201 and suggest that the complexes formed may be able to stimulate CD8+ T cells in patients with Pauciarticular Juvenile Arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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