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Regulatory role of tryptophan degradation pathway in HLA-G expression by human monocyte-derived dendritic cells

López AS, Alegre E [SP], LeMaoult J, Carosella E, González A. [SP]
Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Av. Pío XII 36, 31008 Pamplona, Spain.

Magazine: Molecular immunology

Date: Jul 1, 2006

Biochemistry [SP]

Dendritic cells (DC) are strong inducers of immunity but they can also be tolerogenic.

During monocyte differentiation to DC the immunosuppressive indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is induced. IDO degrades Trp to kynurenine, which is further metabolized to 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid. DC can also express mRNA and protein of the tolerogenic molecule HLA-G, but there is no surface expression. We studied the effect of the Trp degrading pathway on HLA-G expression by DC. When monocytes were differentiated to immature DC in presence of either Trp or its metabolites kynurenine or 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid they expressed cell surface HLA-G, and Trp also increased shedding of HLA-G1. Trp induced HLA-G cell surface expression when present during maturation with IFN-gamma+LPS, but not with TNF-alpha. Kynurenine increased HLA-G expression in both TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma+LPS matured DC, and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid had a very weak effect on HLA-G cell surface expression when present during maturation. Shedding of HLA-G1 was more pronounced in IFN-gamma+LPS-matured DC than in immatured DC. Maturation with IFN-gamma+LPS in presence of kynurenine also increased HLA-G5 secretion.

The mechanism involved seems to be post-translational as mRNA and cellular HLA-G protein content was not increased with Trp, kynurenine or 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid treatments. Finally, immature DC preincubated with Trp, kynurenine and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid have after a decreased capacity to stimulate T cells in mixed lymphocyte reaction. In IFN-gamma+LPS-matured DC this decreased capacity was obtained with kynurenine and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid. These results suggest that IDO can induce HLA-G cell surface expression in DC, and that these two molecules can cooperate in the immune suppression.

CITATION  Mol Immunol. 2006 Jul;43(14):2151-60. Epub 2006 Feb 21

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