Spliced peptides and cytokine-driven changes in the immunopeptidome of melanoma

Pouya Faridi, Katherine Woods, Simone Ostrouska, Cyril Deceneux, Ritchlynn Aranha, Divya Duscharla, Stephen Q. Wong, Weisan Chen, Sri H. Ramarathinam, Terry C.C. Lim Kam Sian, Nathan P. Croft, Chen Li, Rochelle Ayala, Jonathan S. Cebon, Anthony W. Purcell, Ralf B. Schittenhelm, Andreas Behren

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Abstract

Antigen recognition by CD8þ T cells is governed by the pool of peptide antigens presented on the cell surface in the context of HLA class I complexes. Studies have shown not only a high degree of plasticity in the immunopeptidome, but also that a considerable fraction of all presented peptides is generated through proteasome-mediated splicing of noncontiguous regions of proteins to form novel peptide antigens. Here, we used high-resolution mass spectrometry combined with new bioinformatic approaches to characterize the immunopeptidome of melanoma cells in the presence or absence of IFNg. In total, we identified more than 60,000 peptides from a single patient-derived cell line (LM-MEL-44) and demonstrated that IFNg induced changes in the peptidome, with an overlap of only approximately 50% between basal and treated cells. Around 6% to 8% of the peptides were identified as cis-spliced peptides, and 2,213 peptides (1,827 linear and 386 cis-spliced peptides) were derived from known melanoma-associated antigens. These peptide antigens were equally distributed between the constitutive- and IFNg-induced peptidome. We next examined additional HLA-matched patient-derived cell lines to investigate how frequently these peptides were identified and found that a high proportion of both linear and spliced peptides was conserved between individual patient tumors, drawing on data amassing to more than 100,000 peptide sequences. Several of these peptides showed in vitro immunogenicity across multiple patients with melanoma. These observations highlight the breadth and complexity of the repertoire of immunogenic peptides that can be exploited therapeutically and suggest that spliced peptides are a major class of tumor antigens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1322-1334
Number of pages13
JournalCancer Immunology Research
Volume8
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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