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HLA-E-bound peptides influence recognition by inhibitory and triggering CD94/NKG2 receptors: preferential response to an HLA-G-derived nonamer.

Llano M., Lee N., Navarro F., Garcia P., Albar J.P., Geraghty D.E., Lopez-Botet M.

The HLA-E class Ib molecule constitutes a major ligand for the lectin-like CD94/NKG2 natural killer (NK) cell receptors. Specific HLA class I leader sequence-derived nonapeptides bind to endogenous HLA-E molecules in the HLA-defective cell line 721.221, inducing HLA-E surface expression, and promote CD94/NKG2A-mediated recognition. We compared the ability of NK clones which expressed either inhibitory or activating CD94/NKG2 receptors to recognize HLA-E molecules on the surface of 721.221 cells loaded with a panel of synthetic nonamers derived from the leader sequences of most HLA class I molecules. Our results support the notion that the primary structure of the HLA-E-bound peptides influences CD94/ NKG2-mediated recognition, beyond their ability to stabilize surface HLA-E. Further, CD94/ NKG2A+ NK clones appeared more sensitive to the interaction with most HLA-E-peptide complexes than did effector cells expressing the activating CD94/NKG2C receptor. However, a significant exception to this pattern was HLA-E loaded with the HLA-G-derived nonamer. This complex triggered cytotoxicity very efficiently over a wide range of peptide concentrations, suggesting that the HLA-E/G-nonamer complex interacts with the CD94/NKG2 triggering receptor with a significantly higher affinity. These results raise the possibility that CD94/NKG2-mediated recognition of HLA-E expressed on extravillous cytotrophoblasts plays an important role in maternal-fetal cellular interactions.

Eur. J. Immunol. 28:2854-2863(1998) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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