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J Immunol. 2011 Sep 1;187(5):2193-201. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1100152. Epub 2011 Jul 25.

Presentation of type B peptide-MHC complexes from hen egg white lysozyme by TLR ligands and type I IFNs independent of H2-DM regulation.

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Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


In APCs, presentation by MHC II molecules of the chemically dominant peptide from the protein hen egg white lysozyme (HEL) generates different conformational isomers of the peptide-MHC II complexes (pMHC). Type B pMHCs are formed in early endosomes from exogenous peptides in the absence of H2-DM, whereas in contrast, type A pMHC complexes are formed from HEL protein in late vesicles after editing by H2-DM. Thus, H2-DM edits off the more unstable pMHC complexes, which are not presented from HEL. In this study, we show that type B pMHC complexes were presented from HEL protein only after stimulation of dendritic cells (DC) with TLR ligands or type I IFN. Type I IFN contributed to most TLR ligand-induced type B pMHC generation, as presentation decreased in DC lacking the receptor for type I IFNs (IFNAR1(-/-)). In contrast, presentation of type A pMHC from HEL and from peptide was minimally affected by TLR ligands. The relative effectiveness of CD8α(+) DC or CD8α(-) DC in presenting type B pMHC complexes varied depending on the TLR ligand used. The mechanisms of generation of type B pMHC from HEL protein with TLR stimulation did not involve H2-DM or release of peptides. DC from H2-DM-deficient mice in the presence of TLR ligands presented type B pMHC. Such DC showed a slight enhancement of HEL catabolism, but peptide release was not evident. Thus, TLR ligands and type I IFN alter the pathways of presentation by MHC II molecules of DC such that type B pMHCs are generated from protein Ag.

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