Behcet's disease risk-variant HLA-B51/ERAP1-Hap10 alters human CD8 T cell immunity


Cavers A., Kugler M. C. , Ozguler Y., Al-Obeidi A. F. , HATEMİ G., Ueberheide B. M. , ...More

ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1136/ard-2022-222277
  • Journal Name: ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: T Cells, T-Lymphocyte subsets, Systemic vasculitis, Behcet Syndrome, MHC CLASS-I, GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION, AMINOPEPTIDASE ERAAP, SUSCEPTIBILITY LOCI, PATHERGY REACTION, ERAP1, HLA-B-ASTERISK-51, IDENTIFICATION, PEPTIDOME, HLA-B27

Abstract

Objectives The endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase (ERAP1) haplotype Hap10 encodes for a variant allotype of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident peptide-trimming aminopeptidase ERAP1 with low enzymatic activity. This haplotype recessively confers the highest risk for Behcet's diseases (BD) currently known, but only in carriers of HLA-B*51, the classical risk factor for the disease. The mechanistic implications and biological consequences of this epistatic relationship are unknown. Here, we aimed to determine its biological relevance and functional impact. Methods We genotyped and immune phenotyped a cohort of 26 untreated Turkish BD subjects and 22 healthy donors, generated CRISPR-Cas9 ERAP1 KOs from HLA-B*51 (+) LCL, analysed the HLA class I-bound peptidome for peptide length differences and assessed immunogenicity of genome-edited cells in CD8 T cell co-culture systems. Results Allele frequencies of ERAP1-Hap10 were similar to previous studies. There were frequency shifts between antigen-experienced and naive CD8 T cell populations of carriers and non-carriers of ERAP1-Hap10 in an HLA-B*51 background. ERAP1 KO cells showed peptidomes with longer peptides above 9mer and significant differences in their ability to stimulate alloreactive CD8 T cells compared with wild-type control cells. Conclusions We demonstrate that hypoactive ERAP1 changes immunogenicity to CD8 T cells, mediated by an HLA class I peptidome with undertrimmed peptides. Naive/effector CD8 T cell shifts in affected carriers provide evidence of the biological relevance of ERAP1-Hap10/HLA-B*51 at the cellular level and point to an HLA-B51-restricted process. Our findings suggest that variant ERAP1-Hap10 partakes in BD pathogenesis by generating HLA-B51-restricted peptides, causing a change in immunodominance of the ensuing CD8 T cell response.