CD8+ T cells effect glomerular injury in experimental anti-myeloperoxidase GN

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Observations in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis suggest that CD8+ T cells participate in disease, but there is no experimental functional evidence of pathologic involvement for these cells. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a well defined autoantigen in ANCA-associated vasculitis. Studies in experimental models of anti-MPO GN suggest that, after ANCA-induced neutrophil localization, deposited MPO within glomeruli is recognized by autoreactive T cells that contribute to injury. We tested the hypothesis that CD8+ T cells mediate disease in experimental ANCA- associated vasculitis. CD8+ T cell depletion in the effector phase of disease attenuated injury in murine anti-MPO GN. This protection associated with decreased levels of intrarenal IFN-g, TNF, and inflammatory chemokines and fewer glomerular macrophages. Moreover, we identified a pathogenic CD8+ T cell MPO epitope (MPO431-439) and found that cotransfer of MPO431-439-specific CD8+ T cell clones exacerbated disease mediated byMPO-specific CD4+ cells in Rag1-/- mice. Transfer ofMPO431-439-specificCD8+ cellswithout CD4+ cellsmediated glomerular injury whenMPOwas planted in glomeruli. These results show a pathogenic role forMPO- specific CD8+ T cells, provide evidence that CD8+ cells are a therapeutic target in ANCA-associated vasculitis, and suggest that a molecular hotspot within the MPO molecule contains important CD8+, CD4+, and B cell epitopes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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