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Type: Journal article
Title: Polymorphism in human cytomegalovirus UL40 impacts on recognition of human leukocyte antigen-E (HLA-E) by natural killer cells
Author: Heatley, S.
Pietra, G.
Lin, J.
Widjaja, J.
Harpur, C.
Lester, S.
Rossjohn, J.
Szer, J.
Schwarer, A.
Bradstock, K.
Bardy, P.
Mingari, M.
Moretta, L.
Sullivan, L.
Brooks, A.
Citation: Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2013; 288(12):8679-8690
Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0021-9258
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Susan L. Heatley, Gabriella Pietra, Jie Lin, Jacqueline M. L. Widjaja, Christopher M. Harpur, Sue Lester, Jamie Rossjohn, Jeff Szer, Anthony Schwarer, Kenneth Bradstock, Peter G. Bardy, Maria Cristina Mingari, Lorenzo Moretta, Lucy C. Sullivan and Andrew G. Brooks
Abstract: Natural killer (NK) cell recognition of the nonclassical human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecule HLA-E is dependent on the presentation of a nonamer peptide derived from the leader sequence of other HLA molecules to CD94-NKG2 receptors. However, human cytomegalovirus can manipulate this central innate interaction through the provision of a "mimic" of the HLA-encoded peptide derived from the immunomodulatory glycoprotein UL40. Here, we analyzed UL40 sequences isolated from 32 hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients experiencing cytomegalovirus reactivation. The UL40 protein showed a "polymorphic hot spot" within the region that encodes the HLA leader sequence mimic. Although all sequences that were identical to those encoded within HLA-I genes permitted the interaction between HLA-E and CD94-NKG2 receptors, other UL40 polymorphisms reduced the affinity of the interaction between HLA-E and CD94-NKG2 receptors. Furthermore, functional studies using NK cell clones expressing either the inhibitory receptor CD94-NKG2A or the activating receptor CD94-NKG2C identified UL40-encoded peptides that were capable of inhibiting target cell lysis via interaction with CD94-NKG2A, yet had little capacity to activate NK cells through CD94-NKG2C. The data suggest that UL40 polymorphisms may aid evasion of NK cell immunosurveillance by modulating the affinity of the interaction with CD94-NKG2 receptors.
Keywords: Histocompatibility antigens Class I
Rights: © 2013 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
RMID: 0030021253
DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M112.409672
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