Friday, June 29, 2012

MHC I-associated peptides preferentially derive from transcripts bearing miRNA response elements

MHC I–associated peptides (MIPs) play an essential role in normal homeostasis and diverse pathologic conditions. MIPs derive mainly from defective ribosomal products (DRiPs), a subset of nascent proteins that fail to achieve a proper conformation and the physical nature of which remains elusive. In the present study, we used high-throughput proteomic and transcriptomic methods to unravel the structure and biogenesis of MIPs presented by HLA-A and HLA-B molecules on human EBV-infected B lymphocytes from 4 patients. We found that although HLA-different subjects present distinctive MIPs derived from different proteins, these MIPs originate from proteins that are functionally interconnected and implicated in similar biologic pathways. Secondly, the MIP repertoire of human B cells showed no bias toward conserved versus polymorphic genomic sequences, were derived preferentially from abundant transcripts, and conveyed to the cell surface a cell-type–specific signature. Finally, we discovered that MIPs derive preferentially from transcripts bearing miRNA response elements. Furthermore, whereas MIPs of HLA-disparate subjects are coded by different sets of transcripts, these transcripts are regulated by mostly similar miRNAs. Our data support an emerging model in which the generation of MIPs by a transcript depends on its abundance and DRiP rate, which is regulated to a large extent by miRNAs (read more). Print this post

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