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Rheumatol Int. 2008 Nov;29(1):9-16. doi: 10.1007/s00296-008-0634-4. Epub 2008 Jul 5.

Mucosal administration of an altered CII263-272 peptide inhibits collagen-induced arthritis by suppression of Th1/Th17 cells and expansion of regulatory T cells.

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Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, People's Hospital, Peking University Medical School, 11 Xizhimen South St., Beijing, 100044, China.


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease mediated by T cells. Collagen type II (CII) is one of the autoantigens associated with RA. CII263-272 is a predominant CII antigenic peptide that can induce T-cell activation upon binding to MHC and interaction with the appropriate T-cell receptor (TCR). Altered CII263-272 peptides with substitution of specific amino acids could bind to RA-associated HLA-DR4/1 with no T cell stimulating effects and could inhibit T cell activation in RA. We performed this study to evaluate the effect of mucosal administration and to explore the mechanism of the inhibitory effect of altered CII263-272 peptide (267Q-->A, 270K-->A and 271G-->A) on collagen induced arthritis (CIA). CIA was induced in Lewis rats by immunization with bovine CII. Altered CII263-272 peptide was given intranasally beginning from arthritis onset. Wild CII263-272 peptide or PBS was administered as controls. Therapeutic effects were evaluated by arthritis scores, body weight change, and joint pathologic scores. The anti-CII antibody and its subtypes and the cytokines, IFN-gamma, IL-10, and IL-17 were measured with ELISA. Foxp3+CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cell induction was assessed by FACS analysis. Following treatment with the altered CII263-272 peptide, arthiritis scores were reduced and body weight was increased. The altered CII263-272 peptide could retard the histologic lesion of the joints. The titers of anti-CII antibodies IgG2a in altered CII263-272 peptide treated rats decreased markedly compared to PBS-treated rats. The serum levels of IFN-gamma in rats treated with altered peptide was lower than that of rats treated with wild CII263-272 peptide and PBS. No differences were observed in the levels of serum IL-10 among the three groups. The altered CII263-272 peptide could decrease serum level of IL-17 and increase peripheral Foxp3+CD4+CD25+ T cells at early stage of CIA. Mucosal administration of altered CII263-272 peptide could effectively inhibit the progression of CIA. Altered CII263-272 peptide could suppress Th17 cells and expand regulatory T cells in the early stage of the disease. The IgG2a subtype of anti-CII antibodies and IFN-gamma were reduced and in vivo Th1 responses were inhibited as a result of altered CII peptide treatment. Altered CII peptide is likely therapeutic in RA.

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