Oral administration of an immunodominant human collagen peptide modulates collagen-induced arthritis

Sanjay D. Khare, Christopher J. Krco, Marie M. Griffiths, Harvinder S. Luthra, Chella S. David

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Human type II collagen (HuCII) may be one of the autoantigens involved in human rheumatoid arthritis (RA). By using overlapping peptides, we have previously described an immunodominant region (HuCII.250-270) on HuCII. In the present study, this 21-mer HuCII.250-270 peptide was used as tolerogen, and its effect on both early and effector phase of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) was examined. Upon immunization with HuCII-derived peptide 250-270, HuCII.250-270-tolerized mice showed diminished T cell proliferation that was mediated by Th1 cytokine, IL-2. More interestingly, oral tolerance with Hu- CII.250-270 peptide also abolished anti-human and anti-mouse (autoantibody) CII Ab. Ab isotype data also showed that oral administration of HuCII.250- 270 peptide diminishes primarily a Th1 type of immune response. Arthritis severity was reduced markedly in mice orally tolerized with HuCII.250-270 peptide both at early and effector phases. Suppression of CIA at the effector phase by oral administration of HuCII peptide suggests a potential immunotherapeutic use of collagen II peptide in the treatment of human RA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3653-3659
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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