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Type: Journal article
Title: Subtilase cytotoxin cleaves newly synthesized BiP and blocks antibody secretion in B lymphocytes
Author: Hu, C.
Dougan, S.
Winter, S.
Paton, A.
Paton, J.
Ploegh, H.
Citation: Journal of Experimental Medicine, 2009; 206(11):2429-2440
Publisher: Rockefeller Univ Press
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0022-1007
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Chih-Chi Andrew Hu, Stephanie K. Dougan, Sebastian Virreira Winter, Adrienne W. Paton, James C. Paton, and Hidde L. Ploegh
Abstract: Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) use subtilase cytotoxin (SubAB) to interfere with adaptive immunity. Its inhibition of immunoglobulin secretion is both rapid and profound. SubAB favors cleavage of the newly synthesized immunoglobulin heavy chain–binding protein (BiP) to yield a C-terminal fragment that contains BiP’s substrate-binding domain. In the absence of its regulatory nucleotide-binding domain, the SubAB-cleaved C-terminal BiP fragment remains tightly bound to newly synthesized immunoglobulin light chains, resulting in retention of light chains in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Immunoglobulins are thus detained in the ER, making impossible the secretion of antibodies by SubAB-treated B cells. The inhibitory effect of SubAB is highly specific for antibody secretion, because other secretory proteins such as IL-6 are released normally from SubAB-treated B cells. Although SubAB also causes BiP cleavage in HepG2 hepatoma cells, (glyco)protein secretion continues unabated in SubAB-exposed HepG2 cells. This specific block in antibody secretion is a novel means of immune evasion for STEC. The differential cleavage of newly synthesized versus "aged" BiP by SubAB in the ER provides insight into the architecture of the ER compartments involved.
Keywords: B-Lymphocytes; Cell Membrane; Intracellular Space; Endoplasmic Reticulum; Animals; Mice; Subtilisins; Peptide Fragments; Escherichia coli Proteins; Immunoglobulin M; Heat-Shock Proteins; Interleukin-6; Antibodies; Histocompatibility Antigens Class I; Protein Folding; Protein Transport; Models, Immunological; Immunoglobulin kappa-Chains
Description: © 2009 Hu et al.
RMID: 0020093078
DOI: 10.1084/jem.20090782
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