UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
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AbstractIntroduction: The most severe form of dengue virus (DENV) illness, dengue haemorrhagic fever, is characterised by plasma leakage and increased vascular permeability. Objectives: Given the critical role that endothelial cells play in the pathogenesis of DENV, we wanted to determine whether infection with DENV altered the expression of MHC class I related genes including HLA-E. Results: In this study, we provide evidence that HLA-E but not MICA/B or HLA-G is upregulated by all four serotypes of DENV in an endothelial cell line human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC)-1. In contrast, Zika virus (ZIKV), a related flavivirus, where plasma leakage is not a major manifestation of disease, did not upregulate HLA-E. We found modest levels of soluble HLA-E in supernatants from DENV but not ZIKV-infected cells. Coculture experiments found minimal activation of natural killer (NK) cells in the presence of both uninfected and infected HMEC-1 cells. HLA-E induced by DENV infection could not dampen the degranulation of activated NK cells by interacting with its ligand NKG2a. Conclusions: Our results suggest that while DENV infection induces HLA-E, the high MHC class I expression on uninfected and infected HMEC-1 cells may dominate the diverse signals generated between inhibitory and activating receptors on NK cells and ligands on target cells.
Clin Transl Immunology. 2018 Sep 25;7(9):e1039. doi: 10.1002/cti2.1039. eCollection 2018. Link to article on publisher's site
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