Crystal structure of MHC class II-associated p41 Ii fragment bound to cathepsin L reveals the structural basis for differentiation between cathepsins L and S. (1/1080)

The lysosomal cysteine proteases cathepsins S and L play crucial roles in the degradation of the invariant chain during maturation of MHC class II molecules and antigen processing. The p41 form of the invariant chain includes a fragment which specifically inhibits cathepsin L but not S. The crystal structure of the p41 fragment, a homologue of the thyroglobulin type-1 domains, has been determined at 2.0 A resolution in complex with cathepsin L. The structure of the p41 fragment demonstrates a novel fold, consisting of two subdomains, each stabilized by disulfide bridges. The first subdomain is an alpha-helix-beta-strand arrangement, whereas the second subdomain has a predominantly beta-strand arrangement. The wedge shape and three-loop arrangement of the p41 fragment bound to the active site cleft of cathepsin L are reminiscent of the inhibitory edge of cystatins, thus demonstrating the first example of convergent evolution observed in cysteine protease inhibitors. However, the different fold of the p41 fragment results in additional contacts with the top of the R-domain of the enzymes, which defines the specificity-determining S2 and S1' substrate-binding sites. This enables inhibitors based on the thyroglobulin type-1 domain fold, in contrast to the rather non-selective cystatins, to exhibit specificity for their target enzymes.  (+info)

Maximal number of hormonogenic iodotyrosine residues in thyroglobulin iodinated by thyroid peroxidase. (2/1080)

Almost non-iodinated human goiter thyroglobulin has been iodinated in vitro by thyroid peroxidase to levels as high as 75 iodine atoms per mol of protein. The following results were obtained. 1. The iodine distribution obtained in vitro with human thyroglobulin strongly ressembles that obtained in vivo for rat thyroglobulin. Thus the distribution of iodine seems to depend essentially on the structure of thyroglobulin and on the reactivity of the different tyrosine residues. 2. Although the number of hormone residues increased with iodination the highest efficiency of hormone synthesis was obtained in a very narrow range of iodination: in vitro (40%) between 25 and 30 iodine atoms, and in vivo (48%) between 10 and 20 atoms. This result suggests that the tyrosines which are coupled with a high efficiency are iodinated sequentially. 3. Maximal thyroxine content was found to be lower than approximately 3 mol/mol of thyroglobulin. This result might mean that the two 12-S subunits of thyroglobulin are not identical and that one of them is able to produce 2 mol of hormone while the second only 1 mol.  (+info)

Kinetics of thyroglobulin iodination and of hormone synthesis catalysed by thyroid peroxidase. Role of iodide in the coupling reaction. (3/1080)

The kinetics of tyrosine iodination and of thyroxine synthesis in thyroglobulin, different reactions catalyzed by the same enzyme (thyroid peroxidase), have been compared. Thyroxine synthesis always began after a lag period of 3-5 min. This lag was constant whatever the rate of iodination; this rate of iodination was increased either by increasing the concentration of iodide or enzyme or by decreasing the concentration of thyroglobulin. Increasing the rate of iodination resulted in increasing the number of iodine atoms incorporated during the lag period. Thus the lag observed for thyroxine synthesis was constant and did not depend on the fact that free iodide or non-iodinated tyrosine residues of thyroglobulin were exhausted before thyroxine synthesis occurred. Finally, it appeared that, whatever the explanation of the lag, the enzyme catlyzes thyroid hormone synthesis at a slower rate than iodination. The existence of a lag also allowed us to prepare thyroglobulin samples with different iodine contents but without thyroid hormones. Thus iodination and thyroxine synthesis could be studied independently and the following results were obtained. 1. Iodotyrosine residues which can couple to form thytoxine are made considerably before coupling occurs. 2. H2O2 is required for coupling of these hormonogenic residues; thus the coupling reaction requires enzymic oxidation of the iodotyrosine residues. 3. In addition a strict requirement for iodide was needed for coupling; the requirement was dependent on the concentration of iodide. Thus iodide, a substrate of the iodination reaction, may also have other effects on the activity of thyroid peroxidase.  (+info)

Megalin (gp330) is an endocytic receptor for thyroglobulin on cultured fisher rat thyroid cells. (4/1080)

We recently reported that megalin (gp330), an endocytic receptor found on the apical surface of thyroid cells, binds thyroglobulin (Tg) with high affinity in solid phase assays. Megalin-bound Tg was releasable by heparin. Here we show that Fisher rat thyroid (FRTL-5) cells, a differentiated rat thyroid cell line, can bind and endocytose Tg via megalin. We first demonstrated that FRTL-5 cells express megalin in a thyroid-stimulating hormone-dependent manner. Evidence of Tg binding to megalin on FRTL-5 cells and on an immortalized rat renal proximal tubule cell line (IRPT cells), was obtained by incubating the cells with 125I-Tg, followed by chemical cross-linking and immunoprecipitation of 125I-Tg with antibodies against megalin. To investigate cell binding further, we developed an assay in which cells were incubated with unlabeled Tg at 4 degrees C, followed by incubation with heparin, which released almost all of the cell-bound Tg into the medium. In solid phase experiments designed to illuminate the mechanism of heparin release, we demonstrated that Tg is a heparin-binding protein, as are several megalin ligands. The amount of Tg released by heparin from FRTL-5 and IRPT cells, measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), was markedly reduced by two megalin competitors, receptor-associated protein (RAP) and 1H2 (monoclonal antibody against megalin), indicating that much of the Tg released by heparin had been bound to megalin ( approximately 60-80%). The amount inhibited by RAP was considered to represent specific binding to megalin, which was saturable and of high affinity (Kd approximately 11.2 nM). Tg endocytosis by FRTL-5 and IRPT cells was demonstrated in experiments in which cells were incubated with unlabeled Tg at 37 degrees C, followed by heparin to remove cell-bound Tg. The amount of Tg internalized (measured by ELISA in the cell lysates) was reduced by RAP and 1H2, indicating that Tg endocytosis is partially mediated by megalin.  (+info)

Involvement of epitope mimicry in potentiation but not initiation of autoimmune disease. (5/1080)

We have examined whether the peptide (368-381) from the murine adenovirus type 1 E1B sequence, exhibiting a high degree of homology with the known pathogenic thyroglobulin (Tg) T cell epitope (2695-2706), can induce experimental autoimmune thyroiditis (EAT) in SJL/J mice. The viral peptide was a poor immunogen at the T or B cell level and did not elicit EAT either directly or by adoptive transfer assays. Surprisingly, however, the viral peptide was highly antigenic in vitro, activating a Tg2695-2706-specific T cell clone and reacting with serum IgG from mice primed with the Tg homologue. The viral peptide also induced strong recall responses in Tg2695-2706-primed lymph node cells, and subsequent adoptive transfer of these cells into naive mice led to development of highly significant EAT. These data demonstrate that nonimmunogenic viral peptides can act as agonists for preactivated autoreactive T cells and suggest that epitope mimicry may at times play a potentiating rather than a precipitating role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease.  (+info)

Identification of thyroid hormone residues on serum thyroglobulin: a clue to the source of circulating thyroglobulin in thyroid diseases. (6/1080)

Thyroglobulin (Tg) present in the serum of normal individuals and patients with thyroid disorders could be partly newly synthesized non-iodinated Tg and partly Tg containing iodine and hormone residues originating from the lumen of thyroid follicles. With the aim of examining the contribution of the latter source of Tg to the elevation of serum Tg concentration in thyroid pathophysiological situations, we devised a procedure to identify thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3) residues on Tg from unfractionated serum. A two-step method, basedon (i)adsorption of Tg on an immobilized anti-human Tg (hTg) monoclonal antibody (mAb) and (ii)recognition of hormone residues on adsorbed Tg by binding of radioiodinated anti-T4 mAb and anti-T3 mAb, was used to analyze serum Tg from patients with either Graves' disease (GD), subacute thyroiditis (ST) or metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). Purified hTg preparations with different iodine and hormone contents were used as reference. Adsorption of purified Tg and serum Tg on immobilized anti-hTg mAb ranged between 85 and 90% over a wide concentration range. Labeled anti-T4 and anti-T3 mAbs bound to adsorbed purified Tg in amounts related to its iodine content. Tg adsorbed from six out of six sera from ST exhibited anti-T4 and anti-T3 mAb binding activities. In contrast, significant mAb binding was only observed in one out of eight sera from untreated GD patients and in 1 out of 13 sera from patients with DTC. The patient with DTC, whose serum Tg contained T4 and T3, represented a case of hyperthyroidism caused by a metastatic follicular carcinoma. In conclusion, we have identified, for the first time, T4 and T3 residues on circulating Tg. The presence of Tg with hormone residues in serum is occasional in GD and DTC but is a common and probably distinctive feature of ST.  (+info)

Effect of the synthetic immunomodulator, linomide, on experimental models of thyroiditis. (7/1080)

The drug Linomide is an immunomodulator showing marked down-regulation of several experimental autoimmune diseases. In this study, its effect on three different experimental models of thyroid disease and on spontaneous infiltration of salivary glands (sialoadenitis), was investigated. Although very effective at preventing thyroid infiltrates in mice immunized with mouse thyroglobulin and complete Freund's adjuvant and in spontaneous models of thyroiditis and sialoadenitis, it completely failed to modify experimental autoimmune thyroiditis (EAT) induced in mice immunized with mouse thyroglobulin and lipopolysaccharide. There was no significant shift in the observed isotypes of anti-mouse thyroglobulin antibodies and only anti-mouse thyroglobulin antibodies in the spontaneous model were completely down-modulated by the drug. One surprising fact to emerge was that Linomide-treated donor mice, although protected from thyroid lesions themselves, were still able to transfer EAT showing that they must have been effectively primed while being treated with Linomide. It is possible that the drug down modulated EAT by interfering with the trafficking of primed effector cells.  (+info)

Quantitative reverse transcription-PCR measurement of thyroglobulin mRNA in peripheral blood of healthy subjects. (8/1080)

BACKGROUND: Thyroglobulin mRNA can be detected qualitatively in the peripheral blood of patients with metastatic thyroid cancer, thyroid cancer patients with residual thyroid bed uptake, and individuals with no known thyroid disease with intact thyroid glands by use of a lengthy, highly sensitive extraction technique. To improve and broaden the clinical usefulness of this assay, we developed a quantitative reverse transcription (RT)-PCR assay for thyroglobulin mRNA, using RNA recovered from whole blood with a simplified extraction technique. METHODS: Whole blood was drawn from 32 healthy subjects in standard EDTA blood collection tubes. Total RNA was extracted from whole blood, using the PUREscript RNA Isolation Kit. RT-PCR using intron-spanning primers was used to quantitatively amplify thyroglobulin mRNA, using the ABI PRISM 7700 Sequence Detection System with a fluorescent-labeled, thyroglobulin-specific oligonucleotide probe. Thyroid RNA calibration curves were created using total RNA recovered from a single nondiseased thyroid gland. RESULTS: Qualitative RT-PCR demonstrated the presence of thyroglobulin mRNA in the whole blood sample of each healthy subject. The mean concentration of thyroglobulin mRNA detected in these subjects was 433 +/- 69 ng of total thyroid RNA per liter of whole blood (range, 26-1502 ng/L). Overall assay imprecision (CV) was 24% for five samples analyzed 10 times each in separate analytical runs on different days. CONCLUSIONS: Thyroglobulin mRNA can be accurately detected and quantified in peripheral blood from healthy subjects. This new quantitative technique may improve the clinical utility of circulating thyroglobulin mRNA detection in patients with thyroid disease.  (+info)