Immunization with the C-terminal region of Trypanosoma cruzi ribosomal P1 and P2 proteins induces long-term duration cross-reactive antibodies with heart functional and structural alterations in young and aged mice.

Abstract

The R13 peptide sequence (EEEDDDMGFGLFD) that corresponds to the C-terminal region of Trypanosoma cruzi ribosomal P1 and P2 proteins differs from the eukariotic P concensus sequence EESDDDMGFGLFD (H13) only in a nonconservative amino acid substitution. The immunization of BALB/c mice with R13 synthetic peptide coupled to a carrier protein (OVA) induces specific (anti-R13) and autoreactive (anti-H13 and anti-heart) antibodies as well as heart functional alterations. Since aged human and experimental animals are impaired in their responses to most foreign antigens but they produce greater amounts of autoantibodies, in this work we used aged mice as an experimental model able to exaggerate the autoimmune component of the R13-induced response in case it was present. We studied whether these antibodies generated in the absence of the parasite would induce pathological changes in heart tissues. The levels of antibodies against R13 (foreign antigen) and H13 (autoantigen) studied comparatively in 2- and 12-month-old mice 10 days after the third immunization with R13 coupled to OVA were, as we expected for a foreign antigen, higher in almost all sera from 2-month-old mice tested than in sera from 12-month-old mice. Besides, these specific and cross-reactive antibody response remain elevated as long as 150 days post third immunization. In addition, the isotype pattern that recognizes R13 and the self-sequence H13 showed no differences between sera from young and aged mice. Moreover, when ECG traces were obtained from immunized mice, the heart functional alterations observed at 10 days continued at 80 and 150 days after the third immunization, showing an association with the levels of antibodies. In addition, despite the fact that the heart tissue morphology showed no alterations 10 days post third immunization, several abnormalities in the tissue architecture were revealed at 80 and 150 days post third immunization. This report demonstrates the biological relevance of R13-induced cross-reactive antibodies in some of the electrophysiologic and histological changes found in T. cruzi-infected mammalians.

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@article{Motrn2000ImmunizationWT, title={Immunization with the C-terminal region of Trypanosoma cruzi ribosomal P1 and P2 proteins induces long-term duration cross-reactive antibodies with heart functional and structural alterations in young and aged mice.}, author={Claudia Cristina Motr{\'a}n and Ricardo E. Fretes and Fabio M Cerban and H{\'e}ctor Walter Rivarola and E Vottero de Cima}, journal={Clinical immunology}, year={2000}, volume={97 2}, pages={89-94} }