HLA-DO transduced in human monocyte-derived dendritic cells modulates MHC class II antigen processing

Angélique Bellemare-Pelletier, Jessy Tremblay, Sylvie Beaulieu, Mohamed Rachid Boulassel, Jean Pierre Routy, Bernard Massie, Réjean Lapointe, Jacques Thibodeau*

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Through the regulation of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DM (DM) in B cells, HLA-DO (DO) modulates positively or negatively the presentation of specific peptides. Transduction of DO into human blood monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDC) has been proposed as a mean of modifying the peptide repertoire of major histocompatibility complex class II molecules. However, maturation of DC induced by inflammatory stimuli or possibly the adenoviral vector itself triggers acidification of vesicles and shuts down transcription of the class II trans-activator gene as well as de novo biosynthesis of class II-related molecules and DM activity. In these conditions, it is unclear that transduced DO could alter the peptide repertoire. Our Western blot and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analyses revealed that human DC derived from blood monocytes express small amounts of DOα. Transduction of DOβ alone resulted in the accumulation of a small pool of DO in DM + CD63+ vesicles and at the plasma membrane of mature DC. The cell-surface increase in class II-associated invariant chain peptide (CLIP)/class II complexes is in line with an inhibitory role of DO on DM. Cotransduction of DOα and DOβ only slightly increased CLIP and DO levels at the cell surface. Together with the fact that a large fraction of transduced DO remains in the endoplasmic reticulum, this suggests that DM is limiting in these conditions. DO expression did not affect a mixed lymphocyte reaction but reduced presentation of the exogenous gp100 antigen to a specific T cell clone. These results show that transduced DO modulates antigen presentation in human mature MoDC, evoking the possible use of this chaperone for immunotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Leukocyte Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • CLIP
  • HLA-DM
  • HLA-DR
  • Invariant chain
  • MHC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology


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