Induction of autoimmune thyroiditis by unique human thyroglobulin epitopes in H2E transgenic mice

Q. Wan, D. J. McCormick, R. Shah, A. A. Giraldo, C. S. David, Y. M. Kong

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Experimental autoimmune thyroiditis (EAT), a model for Hashimoto's thyroiditis, can be induced by injecting either mouse (M) or human (H) thyroglobulin (Tg) into genetically susceptible mice. EAT susceptibility is linked to H2A class II genes; k & s haplotypes are susceptible, while b & f are resistant. The introduction of H2A k or HLA-DRB1 *0301 (DR3) transgene into resistant B10.M (H2 f) or class II knock-out Ab 0 mice led to severe thyroid infiltration. These transgenic strains responded to EAT induction with both MTg and HTg. Here, we introduced H2Ea transgene into resistant B10 (H2 b) or Ab 0 mice, resulting in surface Eβ b expression. To our surprise, both transgenic strains showed severe inflammation only after HTg, but not MTg, immunization. In proliferative assays, HTg-primed cells did not respond to MTg, and stimulation with HTg was blocked by anti-Eβ b. We also tested three primary hormonogenic site 12mer peptides, 100% identical between MTg and HTg. Although two can activate T cells for thyroiditis transfer and cytotoxicity, none stimulated HTg-primed cells. Previous cross-activation and cross-tolerance studies with MTg and HTg suggested that MTg had both conserved and unique T cell epitopes. This is the first demonstration of HTg-unique epitopes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A1051
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 20 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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