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Mycobacterium tuberculosis peptide E7/HLA-DRB1 tetramers with different HLA-DR alleles bound CD4+ T cells might share identical CDR3 region.


ABSTRACT: Human CD4+ T cells play an important role in the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). However, little is known about the spectratyping characteristics of the CD4+ T-cell receptor (TCR) ?- and ?-chains CDR3 region in tuberculosis (TB) patients. We sorted MTB peptide E7-bound CD4+ T cells by using E7/HLA-DR tetramers constructed with different HLA-DRB1 alleles and extracted the CDR3 amino-acid sequences of TCR ?- and ?-chains. The results showed that the CDR3 sequences of E7-bound CD4+ T cells were completely or partially identical in a single patient. The sequences of MTB peptide C5-bound CD4+ T cells shared another, and non-peptide bound CD4+ T cells, as well as unbound CD4+ T cells with tetramers were different from each other. Specifically, diverse CDR3 sequences of E7-bound CD4+ T cells displayed similar protein tertiary structure in one TB patient. In summary, the TCR ?- and ?-chains of CDR3 lineage of CD4+ T cells in TB patients apparently drifted, and the predominant CDR3 sequences of TCR ?- and ?-chains that recognized the MTB antigen exhibited peptide specificity, and certain HLA-DR restriction was also established. This study elucidates the possible causes and mechanisms of peptide-specific CD4+ T-cell-related presentation against MTB.

SUBMITTER: Gan Y 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6028479 | BioStudies | 2018-01-01T00:00:00Z

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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