Structural Basis for Antibody Recognition of Lipid A: INSIGHTS TO POLYSPECIFICITY TOWARD SINGLE-STRANDED DNA.Haji-Ghassemi, O., Muller-Loennies, S., Rodriguez, T., Brade, L., Kosma, P., Brade, H., Evans, S.V.
(2015) J.Biol.Chem. 290: 19629-19640
- PubMed: 26085093
- DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M115.657874
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:  4ODS, 4ODT, 4ODU, 4ODV, 4ODW, 4Z8F
- PubMed Abstract:
Septic shock is a leading cause of death, and it results from an inflammatory cascade triggered by the presence of microbial products in the blood. Certain LPS from Gram-negative bacteria are very potent inducers and are responsible for a high percen ...
Septic shock is a leading cause of death, and it results from an inflammatory cascade triggered by the presence of microbial products in the blood. Certain LPS from Gram-negative bacteria are very potent inducers and are responsible for a high percentage of septic shock cases. Despite decades of research, mAbs specific for lipid A (the endotoxic principle of LPS) have not been successfully developed into a clinical treatment for sepsis. To understand the molecular basis for the observed inability to translate in vitro specificity for lipid A into clinical potential, the structures of antigen-binding fragments of mAbs S1-15 and A6 have been determined both in complex with lipid A carbohydrate backbone and in the unliganded form. The two antibodies have separate germ line origins that generate two markedly different combining-site pockets that are complementary both in shape and charge to the antigen. mAb A6 binds lipid A through both variable light and heavy chain residues, whereas S1-15 utilizes exclusively the variable heavy chain. Both antibodies bind lipid A such that the GlcN-O6 attachment point for the core oligosaccharide is buried in the combining site, which explains the lack of LPS recognition. Longstanding reports of polyspecificity of anti-lipid A antibodies toward single-stranded DNA combined with observed homology of S1-15 and A6 and the reports of several single-stranded DNA-specific mAbs prompted the determination of the structure of S1-15 in complex with single-stranded DNA fragments, which may provide clues about the genesis of autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, thyroiditis, and rheumatic autoimmune diseases.
From the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 3P6, Canada.