Structure-Immune Response Relationships of Hapten-Modified Collagen II Peptides in a T-Cell Model of Allergic Contact Dermatitis.

Meirav Holmdahl, Stefan Ahlfors, Rikard Holmdahl, Christer Hansson

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Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is mediated by T cells that specifically recognize hapten-modified peptides. T cells are known to recognize antigens as short processed peptides bound to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules on the surface of antigen-presenting cells (APC). It has previously been demonstrated that T cells can specifically recognize carbohydrates on the lysine at position 264 of the immunodominant (256-273) sequence from type II collagen (CII) and that such recognition is critical for the development of arthritis in mice and may play a role in rheumatoid arthritis in humans. In the present study, we have used this approach in modeling ACD, but instead of the carbohydrate, the strong sensitizer 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) is bound to the epsilon-amine of the lysine at position 264. Specific T-cell hybridomas of this antigenic peptide, with dinitrophenyl (Dnp) on the epsilon-amine of lysine at position 264 (CIILysDnp 3), were established from mice immunized with CIILysDnp 3. In an immune response assay, these T-cell hybridomas were tested with a series of new synthetic hapten-modified peptides, all chemically identical except for the stereochemimistry ( d, l) and the length of the position-264 amino acid side chain bonding the hapten. The T-cell hybridomas recognized the CIILysDnp 3 peptide used for immunization; interestingly, they also recognized the CII peptide with a one-carbon-longer side chain (homolysine), CIIhLysDnp 6, and CIIAlaPipDnp 11, having a ring structure analogous to that of lysine with the same number of carbons in the bonding chain as in the CIILysDnp 3 peptide used for immunization. Dnp-modified CII peptides with a shorter bonding chain produced no immune response. These data demonstrate that the T-cell recognition of the Dnp-modified peptides is highly specific and moreover dependent on the length of the amino acid side chain that bonds the Dnp.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1514-1523
JournalChemical Research in Toxicology
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Medical Inflammation Research (013212019), Department of Dermatology and Venereology (Lund) (013006000)

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  • Pharmacology and Toxicology


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