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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis (2009)

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  • Human cytomegalovirus decreases constitutive transcription of MHC class II genes in mature Langerhans cells by reducing CIITA transcript levels MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY Lee, A. W., Wang, N., Hornell, T. M., Harding, J. J., Deshpande, C., Hertel, L., Lacaille, V., Pashine, A., Macaubas, C., Mocarski, E. S., Mellins, E. D. 2011; 48 (9-10): 1160-1167


    Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) productively infects CD34(+) progenitor-derived, mature Langerhans-type dendritic cells (matLC) and reduces surface expression of MHC class II complexes (MHC II) by increasing intracellular retention of these molecules. To determine whether HCMV also inhibits MHC II expression by other mechanisms, we assessed mRNA levels of the class II transcriptional regulator, CIITA, and several of its target genes in infected matLC. Levels of CIITA, HLA-DRA (DRA) and DRB transcripts, and new DR protein synthesis were compared in mock-infected and HCMV-infected cells by quantitative PCR and pulse-chase immunoprecipitation analyses, respectively. CIITA mRNA levels were significantly lower in HCMV-infected matLC as compared to mock-infected cells. When assessed in the presence of Actinomycin D, the stability of CIITA transcripts was not diminished by HCMV. Analysis of promoter-specific CIITA isoforms revealed that types I, III and IV all were decreased by HCMV, a result that differs from changes after incubation of these cells with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Exposure to UV-inactivated virus failed to reduce CIITA mRNA levels, implicating de novo viral gene expression in this effect. HCMV-infected matLC also expressed lower levels of DR transcripts and reduced DR protein synthesis rates compared to mock-infected matLC. In summary, we demonstrate that HCMV infection of a human dendritic cell subset inhibits constitutive CIITA expression, most likely at the transcriptional level, resulting in reduced MHC II biosynthesis. We suggest this represents a new mechanism of modulation of mature LC by HCMV.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.molimm.2011.02.010

    View details for Web of Science ID 000290929400010

    View details for PubMedID 21458073

  • DM influences the abundance of major histocompatibility complex class II alleles with low affinity for class II-associated invariant chain peptides via multiple mechanisms IMMUNOLOGY Rinderknecht, C. H., Roh, S., Pashine, A., Belmares, M. P., Patil, N. S., Lu, N., Truong, P., Hou, T., Macaubas, C., Yoon, T., Wang, N., Busch, R., Mellins, E. D. 2010; 131 (1): 18-32


    DM catalyses class II-associated invariant chain peptide (CLIP) release, edits the repertoire of peptides bound to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules, affects class II structure, and thereby modulates binding of conformation-sensitive anti-class II antibodies. Here, we investigate the ability of DM to enhance the cell surface binding of monomorphic antibodies. We show that this enhancement reflects increases in cell surface class II expression and total cellular abundance, but notably these effects are selective for particular alleles. Evidence from analysis of cellular class II levels after cycloheximide treatment and from pulse-chase experiments indicates that DM increases the half-life of affected alleles. Unexpectedly, the pulse-chase experiments also revealed an early effect of DM on assembly of these alleles. The allelically variant feature that correlates with susceptibility to these DM effects is low affinity for CLIP; DM-dependent changes in abundance are reduced by invariant chain (CLIP) mutants that enhance CLIP binding to class II. We found evidence that DM mediates rescue of peptide-receptive DR0404 molecules from inactive forms in vitro and evidence suggesting that a similar process occurs in cells. Thus, multiple mechanisms, operating along the biosynthetic pathway of class II molecules, contribute to DM-mediated increases in the abundance of low-CLIP-affinity alleles.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2567.2010.03282.x

    View details for Web of Science ID 000280660800003

    View details for PubMedID 20408893

  • I-A(g7) is subject to post-translational chaperoning by CLIP INTERNATIONAL IMMUNOLOGY Rinderknecht, C. H., Lu, N., Crespo, O., Truong, P., Hou, T., Wang, N., Rajasekaran, N., Mellins, E. D. 2010; 22 (8): 705-716


    Several MHC class II alleles linked with autoimmune diseases form unusually low-stability complexes with class II-associated invariant chain peptides (CLIP), leading us to hypothesize that this is an important feature contributing to autoimmune pathogenesis. We recently demonstrated a novel post-endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperoning role of the CLIP peptides for the murine class II allele I-E(d). In the current study, we tested the generality of this CLIP chaperone function using a series of invariant chain (Ii) mutants designed to have varying CLIP affinity for I-A(g7). In cells expressing these Ii CLIP mutants, I-A(g7) abundance, turnover and antigen presentation are all subject to regulation by CLIP affinity, similar to I-E(d). However, I-A(g7) undergoes much greater quantitative changes than observed for I-E(d). In addition, we find that Ii with a CLIP region optimized for I-A(g7) binding may be preferentially assembled with I-A(g7) even in the presence of higher levels of wild-type Ii. This finding indicates that, although other regions of Ii interact with class II, CLIP binding to the groove is likely to be a dominant event in assembly of nascent class II molecules with Ii in the ER.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/intimm/dxq056

    View details for Web of Science ID 000280281000009

    View details for PubMedID 20547545

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