4 years ago

Behçet Disease serum is immunoreactive to neurofilament medium which share common epitopes to bacterial HSP-65, a putative trigger

Autoimmune and dysimmune inflammatory mechanisms on a genetically susceptible background are implicated in the etiology of Behçet's Disease (BD). Heat-shock protein-65 (HSP-65) derived from Streptococcus sanguinis was proposed as a triggering factor based on its homology with human HSP-60. However, none of the autoantigens identified so far in sera from BD share common epitopes with bacterial HSP-65 or has a high prevalence. Here, we report that sera from BD patients are immunoreactive against filamentous neuronal processes in the mouse brain, retina and scrotal skin in great majority of patients. By using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and peptide mass fingerprinting, Western blotting and peptide blocking experiments, we have identified neurofilament medium (NF-M) as the probable antigen for the serologic response observed. Clustal Omega analyses detected significant structural homology between the human NF-M and bacterial HSP-65 corresponding to amino acids 111–126, 213–232 and 304–363 of mycobacterial HSP-65, which were previously identified to induce proliferation of lymphocytes obtained from BD patients. We also found that sera immunoreactive against NF-M cross-reacted with bacterial HSP-65. These findings suggest that NF-M may be involved in autoimmunity in BD due to its molecular mimicry with bacterial HSP-65.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0896841117303955

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