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Bhattacharjee A.,University of Helsinki | Reuter S.,Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology | Trojnar E.,Semmelweis University | Kolodziejczyk R.,University of Helsinki | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Biological Chemistry | Year: 2015

hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is characterized by complement attack against host cells due to mutations in complement proteins or autoantibodies against complement factorH(CFH). It is unknown why nearly all patients with autoimmune aHUS lack CFHR1 (CFH-related protein-1). These patients have autoantibodies against CFH domains 19 and 20 (CFH19-20), which are nearly identical to CFHR1 domains 4 and 5 (CFHR14-5). Here, binding site mapping of autoantibodies from 17 patients using mutant CFH19-20 constructs revealed an autoantibody epitope cluster within a loop on domain 20, next to the two buried residues that are different in CFH19-20 and CFHR14-5. The crystal structure of CFHR14-5 revealed a difference in conformation of the autoantigenic loop in the C-terminal domains of CFH and CFHR1, explaining the variation in binding of autoantibodies from some aHUS patients to CFH19-20 and CFHR14-5. The autoantigenic loop on CFH seems to be generally flexible, as its conformation in previously published structures of CFH19-20 bound to the microbial protein OspE and a sialic acid glycan is somewhat altered. Cumulatively, our data suggest that association of CFHR1 deficiency with autoimmune aHUS could be due to the structural difference between CFHR1 and the autoantigenic CFH epitope, suggesting a novel explanation for CFHR1 deficiency in the pathogenesis of autoimmune aHUS. © 2015 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Source


Prechl J.,Diagnosticum Zrt | Prechl J.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | Czirjak L.,University of Pecs
F1000Research | Year: 2015

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a heterogeneous multifactorial systemic autoimmune disease affecting several organs. SLE can start relatively early in life and results in impaired quality of life and shortened life expectancy because of a gradual disease progression leading to cardiovascular, renal and neoplastic disease. The basic mechanisms of the pathogenesis of the disease still remain to be clarified. It is clear that complement proteins play a key and complex role in the development of SLE. Complement component C1q has been known to be a fundamental component of lupus development, but most explanations focus on its role in apoptotic debris removal. Importantly, C1q was recently found to play a key role in the maintenance of vascular endothelial integrity. We suggest that apoptotic products, endothelial cells and extracellular matrix components, which display negatively charged moieties, compete for binding to molecules of the innate humoral immune response, like C1q. Genetic or acquired factors leading to an increased load of apoptotic cell debris and decrease or absence of C1q therefore interfere with the regulation of endothelial permeability and integrity. Furthermore, we suggest that lupus is the net result of an imbalance between the two functions of immune clearance and vascular endothelial integrity maintenance, an imbalance triggered and sustained by autoimmunity, which skews C1q consumption by IgG-mediated complement classical pathway activation on autoantigens. In this triangle of innate clearance, autoimmunity and endothelial integrity, C1q plays a central role. Hence, we interpret the pathogenesis of lupus by identifying three key components, namely innate immune clearance, autoimmunity and endothelial integrity and we establish a link between these components based on the protective role that innate clearance molecules play in endothelial renewal. By including the vasoprotective role of C1q in the interpretation of SLE development we attempt to provide novel explanations for the symptoms, organ damage, diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties of the disease. © 2015 Prechl J and Czirják L. Source


Torok K.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | Dezso B.,Debrecen University | Bencsik A.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | Uzonyi B.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | And 2 more authors.
Immunology Letters | Year: 2015

The role of complement in the regulation of T cell immunity has been highlighted recently by several groups. We were prompted to reinvestigate the role of complement receptor type 1 (CR1, CD3) in human T cells based on our earlier data showing that activated human T cells produce C3 (Torok et al. (2012) [48]) and also by results demonstrating that engagement of Membrane Cofactor Protein (MCP, CD46) induces a switch of anti-CD3-activated helper T cells into regulatory T cells (Kemper et al. (2003) [17]). We demonstrate here that co-ligation of CD46 and CD3, the two C3b-binding structures present on activated CD4+ human T cells significantly enhances CD25 expression, elevates granzyme B production and synergistically augments cell proliferation. The role of CR1 in the development of the Treg phenotype was further confirmed by demonstrating that its engagement enhances IL-10 production and reduces IFNγ release by the activated CD4+ T cells in the presence of excess IL-2. The functional in vivo relevance of our findings was highlighted by the immunohistochemical staining of tonsils, revealing the presence of CD4/CD3 double positive lymphocytes mainly in the inter-follicular regions where direct contact between CD4+ T cells and B lymphocytes occurs.Regarding the in vivo relevance of the complement-dependent generation of regulatory T cells in secondary lymphoid organs we propose a scenario shown in the figure. The depicted process involves the sequential binding of locally produced C3 fragments to CD46 and CD3 expressed on activated T cells, which - in the presence of excess IL-2 - leads to the development of Treg cells. © 2015 European Federation of Immunological Societies. Source


Kecse-Nagy C.,Eotvos Lorand University | Szittner Z.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | Papp K.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | Hegyi Z.,Hungarian Academy of Sciences | And 6 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2016

Our study tested the hypothesis that immunoglobulins differ in their ability to activate the nuclear factor-κB pathway mediated cellular responses. These responses are modulated by several properties of the immune complex, including the ratio of antibody isotypes binding to antigen. Immunoassays allow the measurement of antigen specific antibodies belonging to distinct immunoglobulin classes and subclasses but not the net biological effect of the combination of these antibodies. We set out to develop a biosensor that is suitable for the detection and characterization of antigen specific serum antibodies. We genetically modified the monocytoid U937 cell line carrying Fc receptors with a plasmid encoding NF-κB promoter-driven GFP. This clone, U937-NF-κB, was characterized with respect to FcR expression and response to solid-phase immunoglobulins. Human IgG3, IgG4 and IgG1 induced GFP production in a time- and dose-dependent manner, in this order of efficacy, while IgG2 triggered no activation at the concentrations tested. IgA elicited no response alone but showed significant synergism with IgG3 and IgG4. We confirmed the importance of activation via FcγRI by direct stimulation with monoclonal antibody and by competition assays. We used citrullinated peptides and serum from rheumatoid arthritis patients to generate immune complexes and to study the activation of U937-NF-κB, observing again a synergistic effect between IgG and IgA. Our results show that immunoglobulins have distinct pro-inflammatory potential, and that U937-NF-κB is suitable for the estimation of biological effects of immune-complexes, offering insight into monocyte activation and pathogenesis of antibody mediated diseases. © 2016 Kecse-Nagy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Source


Herbath M.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group | Papp K.,Eotvos Lorand University | Erdei A.,Eotvos Lorand University | Prechl J.,MTA ELTE Immunology Research Group
Journal of Immunology Research | Year: 2015

Natural and synthetic nucleic acids are known to exert immunomodulatory properties. Notably, nucleic acids are known to modulate immune function via several different pathways and various cell types, necessitating a complex interpretation of their effects. In this study we set out to compare the effects of a CpG motif containing oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) with those of a control and an inhibitory non-CpG ODN during cognate B cell-T cell interactions. We employed an antigen presentation system using splenocytes from TCR transgenic DO11.10 mice and the ovalbumin peptide recognized by the TCR as model antigen. We followed early activation events by measuring CD69 expression, late activation by MHC class II expression, cell division and antibody production of switched, and nonswitched isotypes. We found that both of the tested non-CpG ODN exerted significant immunomodulatory effects on early T cell and on late B cell activation events. Importantly, a synergism between non-CpG effects and T cell help acting on B cells was observed, resulting in enhanced IgG production following cognate T cell-B cell interactions. We propose that non-CpG ODN may perform as better adjuvants when a strong antigen-independent immune activation, elicited by CpG ODNs, is undesirable. © 2015 Melinda Herbáth et al. Source

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