More MS news articles for September 2002

Study of Disabling T-Cell Activation and Inhibiting T-Cell-Mediated Immunopathology Reveals a Possible Inverse Agonist Activity of CD4 Peptidomimetics

Exp Mol Pathol 2002 Oct;73(2):93
Horie T, Shen Y, Kajino K, Gaubin M, Bonomi G, Mani J, Berezov A, Piatier-Tonneau D, Guardiola J, Hillard B, Rostami A, Greene M, Murali R.
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique FRE 2376, Villejuif, France

We designed a new class of aromatically modified exocyclic peptides based on the structure of CD4 by engineering one of the cysteine residues in a peptidomimetic derived from the CDR3 region of the CD4 molecule.

All three species mediate inhibition of T-cell proliferation at concentrations ranging from 10 to 100 µM.

The mimetics CD4-Cys and CD4-Met bind to sCD4 with affinities ranging from 1 to 2 &mgr;M, while CD4-Ser shows poor binding in radioisotope assay.

Though these mimetics have similar structures, they exhibit different biochemical and biological functions.

Activation of T-cells as measured by thymidine incorporation or IL-2 production revealed that CD4-Cys and CD4-Ser mimetics behave as classical antagonists.

On the other hand, the CD4-Met species inhibited T-cell proliferation with an IC(50) of 30 µM but unexpectedly increased IL-2 secretion modestly at a less than 3 µM concentration.

In experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), CD4-Ser and CD4-Cys mimetics reduced the severity of EAE symptoms while the CD4-Met mimetic exacerbated the conditions.

We propose that CD4-Cys and CD4-Ser are classical antagonists, but CD4-Met may possess properties of an inverse agonist.

The structure-activity relationship of mimetics reveals that a minor change in the net hydropathic value is enough to alter the dynamic nature of the receptor-ligand complex.