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Cell & Molecular Biology
Formation of microthrombi is a hallmark of acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. These microthrombi originate from insufficient processing of ultra large von Willebrand factor multimers by ADAMTS13 due to the development of anti-ADAMTS13 autoantibodies. Several studies have identified the major histocompatibility complex class II alleles HLA-DRB1*11, HLA-DQB1*03 and HLA-DQB1*02:02 as risk factors for acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura development. Previous research in our department indicated that ADAMTS13 CUB2 domain-derived peptides FINVAPHAR and LIRDTHSLR are presented on HLA-DRB1*11 and HLA-DRB1*03, respectively. Here, we describe the repertoire of ADAMTS13 peptides presented on HLA-DQ. In parallel, the repertoire of ADAMTS13-derived peptides presented on HLA-DR was monitored. Using HLA-DR- and HLA-DQ-specific antibodies, we purified HLA/peptide complexes from ADAMTS13-pulsed monocyte-derived dendritic cells. Using this approach, we identified ADAMTS13-derived peptides presented on HLA-DR for all 9 samples analyzed; ADAMTS13-derived peptides presented on HLA-DQ were identified in 4 out of 9 samples. We were able to confirm the presentation of the CUB2 domain-derived peptides FINVAPHAR and LIRDTHSLR on HLA-DR. In total, 12 different core-peptide sequences were identified on HLA-DR and 8 on HLA-DQ. For HLA-DR11, several potential new core-peptides were found; 4 novel core-peptides were exclusively identified on HLA-DQ. Furthermore, an in silico analysis was performed using the EpiMatrix and JanusMatrix tools to evaluate the eluted peptides, in the context of HLA-DR, for putative effector or regulatory T-cell responses at the population level. The results from this study provide a basis for the identification of immuno-dominant epitopes on ADAMTS13 involved in the onset of acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Hridnová, J., Verbij, F. C., Kaijen, P. H.P., Hartholt, R. B., van Alphen, F., Lardy, N.,...Peyron, I. (2018). Mass spectrometry-assisted identification of ADAMTS13-derived peptides presented on HLA-DR and HLA-DQ. Haematologica, 103(6), 1083-1092. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2017.179119
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2017.179119
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