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Influenza virus haemagglutinin-derived peptides inhibit T-cell activation induced by HLA-DR4/1 specific peptides in rheumatoid arthritis

X. Li, R. Li, Z. Li


2006 Vol.24, N°2
PI 0148, PF 0154
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PMID: 16762149 [PubMed]


To investigate whether influenza virus haemagglutinin (HA)-derived altered peptide ligands (APLs) could abrogate T-cell responses to wild type HA308-317 or type II collagen (CII) 263-272 peptides and explore the potential inhibitory effects of the altered HA308-317 peptides on T-cell activation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Altered HA308-317 peptides containing substitutions of T-cell receptor (TCR)-contact residues were synthesized. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were obtained from 27 HLA-DR4/1-positive RA patients. Impact of the altered HA308-317 peptides on T-cell responses and the inhibitory effects on T-cell activation were determined by using PBMC from RA.
The results showed that the altered HA308-317 peptides could bind to HLA-DR4/1 on cell surface and had no effects on T-cell proliferation and CD25 expression. Moreover, all the altered HA308-317 peptides inhibited T-cell proliferative responses to wild type HA308-317 or CII263-272. In addition, Th1 type cytokine profile was found when PBMC were cultured with wild type HA308-317 or CII263-272, but not the altered HA 308-317 peptides.
It is suggested that altered HA308-317 peptides bind to the RA-associated HLA-DR4/1 with no stimulating effects on T cells and might be potentially important in inhibition of T-cell activation in RA.

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