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Thiele, F. ; Tao, S.* ; Zhang, Y. ; Muschaweckh, A. ; Zollmann, T.* ; Protzer, U. ; Abele, R.* ; Drexler, I.*

MVA-infected dendritic cells present CD4+ T-cell epitopes by endogenous MHC class II presentation pathways.

J. Virol. 98, 2698-2709 (2015)
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CD4+ T-lymphocytes play a central role in the immune system and mediate their function after recognition of their respective antigens presented on MHCII molecules on antigen presenting cells (APCs). Conventionally, phagocytosed antigens are loaded on MHCII for stimulation of CD4+ T-cells. Certain epitopes, however, can be directly processed from intracellular antigens and are presented on MHCII (endogenous MHCII presentation). Here we characterized the MHCII antigen presentation pathways being possibly involved in the immune response upon vaccination with MVA (modified vaccinia virus Ankara), a promising live viral vaccine vector. We established CD4+ T-cell lines specific for MVA-derived epitopes as tools for in vitro analysis of MHCII antigen processing and presentation in MVA-infected APCs. We provide evidence that infected APCs are able to directly transfer endogenous viral proteins into the MHCII pathway to efficiently activate CD4+ T-cells. By using knockout mice and chemical inhibitory compounds we further elucidate the molecular basis showing that among the various subcellular pathways investigated proteasomes and autophagy are key players in the endogenous MHCII presentation during MVA infection. Interestingly, although proteasomal processing plays an important role neither TAP nor LAMP-2 were found to be involved in the peptide transport. Defining the molecular mechanism of MHCII presentation during MVA infection provides a basis to improve MVA-based vaccination strategies aiming for enhanced CD4+ T-cell activation by targeting antigens into the responsible pathways. IMPORTANCE STATEMENT: This work contributes significantly to our understanding of the immunogenic properties of pathogens by deciphering antigen processing pathways contributing to efficient activation of antigen-specific CD4+ T-cells. We identified autophagosome formation, proteasomal activity and lysosomal integrity to be crucial for endogenous CD4+ T-cell activation. Since poxvirus vectors such as MVA are already used in clinical trials as recombinant vaccines, the data provide important information for the future design of optimized poxviral vaccines for the study of advanced immunotherapy options.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Cytosolic Antigen; Substrate-specificity; Cytoplasmic Antigens; Nuclear Antigen; In-vivo; Autophagy; Molecules; Proteins; Vaccination; Proteasome
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0022-538X
e-ISSN 1098-5514
Zeitschrift Journal of Virology
Quellenangaben Band: 98, Heft: 5, Seiten: 2698-2709 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Verlagsort Washington
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed