A novel biological role for peptidyl-arginine deiminases: citrullination of cathelicidin LL-37 controls the immunostimulatory potential of cell-free DNA

Alicia Wong , Danuta Bryzek , Ewelina Dobosz , Carsten Scavenius , Pavel Svoboda , Maria Rapala-Kozik , Adam Lesner , Ivo Frydrych , Jan Enghild , Piotr Mydel , Jan Pohl , Paul R. Thompson , Jan Potempa , Joanna Koziel


LL-37, the only human cathelicidin that is released during inflammation, is a potent regulator of immune responses by facilitating delivery of oligonucleotides to intracellular TLR-9, thereby enhancing the response of human plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) to extracellular DNA. Although important for pathogen recognition, this mechanism may facilitate development of autoimmune diseases. In this article, we show that citrullination of LL-37 by peptidyl-arginine deiminases (PADs) hindered peptide-dependent DNA uptake and sensing by pDCs. In contrast, carbamylation of the peptide (homocitrullination of Lys residues) had no effect. The efficiency of LL-37 binding to oligonucleotides and activation of pDCs was found to be inversely proportional to the number of citrullinated residues in the peptide. Similarly, preincubation of carbamylated LL-37 with PAD2 abrogated the peptide’s ability to bind DNA. Conversely, LL-37 with Arg residues substituted by homoarginine, which cannot be deiminated, elicited full activity of native LL-37 regardless of PAD2 treatment. Taken together, the data showed that citrullination abolished LL-37 ability to bind DNA and altered the immunomodulatory function of the peptide. Both activities were dependent on the proper distribution of guanidinium side chains in the native peptide sequence. Moreover, our data suggest that cathelicidin/LL-37 is citrullinated by PADs during NET formation, thus affecting the inflammatory potential of NETs. Together this may represent a novel mechanism for preventing the breakdown of immunotolerance, which is dependent on the response of APCs to self-molecules (including cell-free DNA); overactivation may facilitate development of autoimmunity.
Author Alicia Wong - [Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie]
Alicia Wong,,
, Danuta Bryzek - [Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie]
Danuta Bryzek,,
, Ewelina Dobosz - [Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie]
Ewelina Dobosz,,
, Carsten Scavenius - [Aarhus Universitet]
Carsten Scavenius,,
, Pavel Svoboda - [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
Pavel Svoboda,,
, Maria Rapala-Kozik - [Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie]
Maria Rapala-Kozik,,
, Adam Lesner (FCh / DET / LBAN)
Adam Lesner,,
- Laboratory of Biochemical Analytics and Nanodiagnostics
, Ivo Frydrych - [Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci]
Ivo Frydrych,,
, Jan Enghild - [Aarhus Universitet]
Jan Enghild,,
, Piotr Mydel - [Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie]
Piotr Mydel,,
et al.`
Journal seriesJournal of Immunology, ISSN 0022-1767, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.65
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 35.0, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 5; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 4.539 (2) - 2017=4.99 (5); Scopus Citations = 8
Citation count*9 (2020-03-21)
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