The HLA-B*5101 molecule-binding capacity to antigens used in animal models of Behçet's disease: A bioinformatics study

Ehud Baharav, Abraham Weinberger

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Abstract

Background: The human lymphocyte antigen (HLA) molecule B*5101 is a functioning receptor of the immune system and is generally accepted as a genetic marker for Behçet disease (BD), a multi-organ, chronic inflammatory disorder. The role of the HLA-B*5101 in the pathogenesis of BD is elusive. The assumption that HLA-B*5101 has an active role in BD is suggestive, but no antigen has yet been identified. Objectives: To evaluate the potential binding capacity of various antigens to the HLA-B*5101 molecule. Methods: Using bioinformatics programs, we studied the binding capacity of HLA-B*5101 and its corresponding rat molecule RT.A1 to the following antigens: Heat shock protein-60 (HSP60), major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related gene A (MICA), retinal S-antigen (S-Ag), HLA-B27 molecule and its peptide (PD) and tropomyosin (TPM), all of which serve as antigens in animal models corresponding to BD. Results: In each protein including the B*5101 molecule itself, the computerized programs revealed several short sequences with potential high binding capacity to HLA-B*5101 with the exception of B-27PD. The rat MHC RT1. Al. had no binding capacity to S-Ag. Conclusions: The evaluated proteins have the potential to bind to and to serve as potential antigens to the HLA-B*5101 and the rat MHC RT1.Al. molecules. The pathogenicity of these suggested short peptides should be evaluated in animal models of BD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-428
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume14
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Animal models
  • Autoantigens
  • Behcet's disease (BD)
  • HLA-B*5101

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