Localization of the immunodominant region on human thyroid peroxidase in autoimmune thyroid diseases: an update
© Bresson et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2005
Received: 14 January 2005
Accepted: 15 March 2005
Published: 15 March 2005
Recent studies in the field of autoimmune thyroid diseases have largely focused on the delineation of B-cell auto-epitopes recognized by the main autoantigens to improve our understanding of how these molecules are seen by the immune system. Among these autoantigens which are targeted by autoantibodies during the development of autoimmune thyroid diseases, thyroid peroxidase is a major player. Indeed, high amounts of anti-thyroid peroxidase autoantibodies are found in the sera of patients suffering from Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, respectively hyper and hypothyroidism. Since anti-thyroid peroxidase autoantibodies from patients'sera mainly recognize a discontinuous immunodominant region on thyroid peroxidase and due to the complexity of the three dimensional structure of human thyroid peroxidase, numerous investigations have been necessary to closely localize this immunodominant region. The aim of the present review is to summarize the current knowledge regarding the localization of the immunodominant region recognized by human thyroid peroxidase-specific autoantibodies generated during the development of autoimmune thyroid diseases.
KeywordsAutoimmunity Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Autoantibody (aAb) Immunodominant region (IDR) Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases (AITD).
Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases (AITD) are one of the most frequent organ-specific autoimmune diseases affecting more than 3% of the total population worldwide. The clinical spectrum can be divided into two major subtypes, (i) glandular hyperfunction characterized by Graves' disease, and (ii) glandular hypofunction as Hashimoto's thyroiditis. In both diseases, there is a breakdown in tolerance and the generation of an immunoglobulin G response directed against thyrotropin receptor (predominantly in Graves' disease [1, 2]), thyroglobulin, and thyroid peroxidase (TPO). Autoantibodies (aAbs) against TPO, a common denominator of AITD, are present in 90% of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and 75% of Graves' disease patients' sera . Since anti-TPO aAbs are present at high concentration in patients' sera [4, 5], they are invaluable makers of the thyroid autoimmune response and thus extensively used to diagnose such pathologies. In vitro and in vivo cytotoxic effector functions have also been described such as C3 complement activation [6–8] and antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity [9–12] leading to the maintenance and amplification of thyroid cell destruction in Hashimoto's disease. Moreover, anti-TPO aAbs are likely to play a more important role in presenting TPO to T cells [5, 13, 14]. To understand the role of anti-TPO aAbs in the pathogenesis of AITD and to shed new light on how the TPO molecule is seen by the immune system, the delineation of anti-TPO B-cell epitopes has been the goal of several studies during the last decades. These findings enabled a better localization of the discontinuous immunodominant region (IDR) with the description of several amino acid residues taking part in this highly complex structure. All together, these data could be a great interest to rationally design competitors (such as peptides) which could be used in combination with other immunotherapies such as systemic antibody treatment, antigen-specific immunization or others generating antigen-specific regulatory T cells capable to block at least for a period of time, an ongoing autoimmune process and may synergize to delay hypothyroiditis.
2. TPO : structure and function
3. Anti-TPO autoantibodies and immunodominant region
Anti-TPO aAbs are specific serological markers for diagnosing AITD. Anti-TPO aAbs are produced by B lymphocytes via a T cell-dependent mechanism. Since several years, it is well known that anti-TPO aAbs recognize conformational epitopes that are highly dependent on the three-dimensional structure of the TPO molecule . These TPO aAbs are known to be restricted to two immunodominant regions (IDR) containing different but adjacent surface epitope. In 1989, Ruf and Carayon's group  pioneered in the localization on antigenic domains on hTPO. Using a panel of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with different affinities and epitopic specificities for hTPO, they studied the distribution of epitopes on the surface of the hTPO molecule. These mAbs were found to interact with four domains (termed A to D) on native TPO. But, in competitive experiments with sera from patients suffering from AITD, only the binding of mAbs interacting with the two major antigenic domains (named A and B) was highly inhibited by anti-TPO aAbs from patients' sera, demonstrating that these two regions form the IDR on the hTPO.
During the last two decades, an explosion in the development of combinatorial libraries technologies enable the production of anti-TPO human mAb fragment from several phage display antibody libraries constructed by using thyroid infiltrating B-cells from Graves' disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients. Using a panel of four anti-TPO antibody fragments (Fabs), named SP1-5, WR1-7, TR1-8 and TR1-9, Chazenbalk and co-workers  showed that these four recombinant human Fabs inhibit more than 90% of anti-TPO aAbs present in patients' sera affected by AITD. Thus, they have been concluded that these four Fabs recognize epitopes that delineate the IDR of hTPO. Interestingly, the IDR was found to be composed by two overlapping regions (named A and B domains) as previously described with the mouse mAbs (but the domains were described with an inverted nomenclature) [25–27]. Our group also contributed to increase the number and diversity of human monoclonal anti-TPO aAbs using the phage display technology. Forty-four human anti-TPO aAbs were selected from one "in cell" library and three random combinatorial libraries constructed from different B-cell subsets extracted from thyroid biopsies from Graves' disease patients [28, 29]. These recombinant human anti-TPO aAbs, mimicking the human repertoire, strongly displace the binding of anti-TPO aAbs present in patients' sera (80% inhibition) to hTPO, and predominantly recognize the IDR.
Competitive experiments between human anti-TPO aAbs from patients' sera and anti-TPO aAbs (human Fabs or mouse mAbs), were used to draw contours of the IDR/A and IDR/B on the TPO molecule. However competition studies do not allow the precise localization of the IDR as well as the identification of the amino acid residues involved in the interaction. Consequently, other approaches were investigated with the aim of (i) defining the contribution of each domains (A and B) in the IDR, (ii) identifying key residues involved in the IDR/A and IDR/B-specific human anti-TPO aAbs epitopes, and (iii) understanding the relationship that could exist between both domains.
4. Contribution of the MPO-like and CCP-like domains in the IDR
The MPO-like domain has been clearly found to contribute in the folding of the IDR (IDR/A and IDR/B). It is important to note that the A domain defined by the murine mAbs corresponds to the B domain defined by the human Fabs and vice versa. Since we have used human anti-TPO aAb in our experiments as did McLachlan and Rapoport's group , we use here the nomenclature of the IDR/A and B defined by this group. Banga and Gardas' groups chose to produce a panel of polyclonal anti-sera by immunizing rabbits with a series of overlapping or adjacent peptide sequences exposed at the surface of TPO (based upon the TPO model). By using a rabbit antiserum against the peptide P14 (aa 599–617), they successfully located the IDR/A epitope on hTPO in the MPO-like domain. Importantly, this region is included in the recombinant fragment of hTPO (aa 589–633) which was previously identified as an autoantigenic determinant .
On the other hand, the participation of the CCP-like domain in the IDR was more difficult to demonstrate. In 1998, Estienne et al,  located a conformational B-cell epitope at the C-terminal end of TPO near the membrane anchorage domain of the molecule (amino acids 742–848). Since the majority of anti-TPO aAbs from Hashimoto patients' sera recognized a recombinant polypeptide encompassing this region, the authors thought that this region was part of the IDR. One year later, using reticulocyte lysate cell-free translation approach of TPO, Grennan et al  observed that truncation of TPO downstream of amino acid residue 771 had little effect on aAb recognition in all patients' sera tested, suggesting that the IDR recognized by human aAbs should lie between amino acid residues 742 and 771. This observation was in agreement with the early study from Estienne et al, but later, Xiong et al , using the cell-free translation approach, concluded that the region 742–771 does not contain the IDR. These contradictory data underline the difficulty of determining the contribution of the CCP-like domain in the IDR, specially when the CCP-like domain is expressed and studied outside the three-dimensional context of the hTPO (as exemplified with the in vitro translation experiments). To overcome such problems, and with the aim to localize the discontinuous IDR of the TPO, we have combined two technological advances (i) the selection of mimotopes by screening phage display peptides libraries on an IDR/B-specific human recombinant anti-TPO aAb (T13) mimicking aAbs from patients' sera, and (ii) the sequence alignment of the selected mimotopes on the primary sequence of hTPO . We identified four distinct regions distributed between the MPO- and CCP-like domains. The sequences 353–363, 377–386, and 713–720, are located in the MPO-like domain while the last one, in position 766–775, is located in the CCP-like domain. More interestingly, mutation of the region 766–775 abrogated the binding of human anti-TPO aAbs from Hashimoto's and Graves' disease patients. In the contrary, the EGF-like domain of the TPO molecule was clearly excluded from the IDR , as well as the contact region between the two TPO monomers during the dimerisation of the molecule .
All together, these data pointed out (i) the participation of several regions in the MPO-like domain and at least one region (766–775) in the CCP-like domain for the folding of the IDR and (ii) that one major region (599–617) belongs to the IDR/A and five regions (210–225, 353–363, 549–563, 713–720, and 766–775) structure the IDR/B. This emphasizes the discontinuous nature as well as the complexity of the IDR and provides new insights into the MPO-like and CCP-like domains positioning. It is now obvious that the MPO-like and CCP-like domains have to be closed in the three-dimensional structure of hTPO to form an immunodominant binding surface recognized by the majority of anti-TPO aAbs, thus one could hypothesize that the CCP-like domain may be able to fold onto the MPO-like domain to enable the binding of a single aAb simultaneously to the MPO- and CCP-like domains (Figure 2B) .
5. Amino acid residues structuring the IDR
To improve our knowledge of IDR and to understand how the TPO is seen by the immune system during the pathogenesis of AITD, it was also important to determine the amino acid residues involved in the epitopes recognized by human anti-TPO aAbs. Among the major regions identified over time, contributing amino acid residues have been identified. By expressing recombinant hTPO mutants with single amino acid replacements, several groups participated to the characterization of critical amino acid residues. [17, 34, 40, 41]. Although, seven key residues (R225, Y772, and K713 to D717) involved in the IDR/B-specific anti-TPO aAbs epitope were identified, only one amino acid residue (K627) has been clearly assigned to the IDR/A-specific human anti-TPO aAb epitope.
6. Respective positioning of IDR/A and IDR/B
Such observations emphasize, once again, the high complexity of the IDR on the TPO molecule. It has been now well demonstrated that the IDR is stretched along the MPO- and CCP-like domains of hTPO. Consequently, some regions such as the region 599–617, 713–720, and 772–775 seem to be too far, on the three dimensional model of hTPO, to compose a single epitope, albeit discontinuous. Furthermore, a rapid inspection of the three dimensional TPO model shows that region 599–617 (the main anchor point for the IDR/A-specific aAbs) is located on the opposite side of the MPO-like domain with regard to the immunodominant binding surface composed of three auto-reactive TPO peptide sequences (353–363, 713–720 or 766–775) (Figure 2B). Until now, the only three-dimensional structure of hTPO known is a computer model and the whole structure of hTPO could be more compact than the model suggested. Thus, a flexibility in the hinge region between the MPO-, CCP- and EGF-like domains would lead to the formation of a more closely folded molecule [17, 33]. Furthermore, the membrane-bound TPO, at the surface of thyrocytes as well as CHO cells, exists as a disulfide-linked dimer . Thus the presence of TPO dimer could favor a spatial gathering of the IDRs recognized by IDR/A and IDR/B-specific anti-TPO aAbs. Since, anti-TPO aAbs epitopes are largely restricted to one facet of the native molecule [24, 25, 33] this may enable the formation of a dimer by the other side, as previously modeled by homology with the crystal structure of the MPO molecule .
7. Concluding remarks
Numerous efforts have been made to precisely characterize the regions, as well as the amino acid residues forming the IDR of hTPO. This could lead to the rational design of therapeutic peptides able to modulate or block immune responses such as antigen presentation. Thus, it would be of great interest to determine in vivo, by using animals models for AITD, whether it will be possible to influence the diseases' course (rapidity, severity, etc...) by using these peptidic immunomodulators interacting with antigen presentation of B-cells to T-cells.
However, a major question remains: What is the clinical significance of the anti-TPO aAbs which are present in the two well characterized AITD (Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis)? Although, there is a general consensus that one of the most important markers of thyroid autoimmunity is the production of such thyroid-specific aAbs. Their role during the pathogenesis of AITD is still controversial.
Several lines of evidence show that there is no difference in the epitope recognized by anti-TPO aAbs produced during Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Euthyroiditis [44–46], and it is well-known that epitope spreading phenomenon does not occur in patients suffering from these diseases, at least for the B-cell epitopes . Since, the components of the IDR/A and IDR/B of hTPO are now well characterized, it would be interesting to evaluate by longitudinal studies, whether the epitopic pattern of individual patients is changing (from an IDR/A to IDR/B pattern for example or vice versa) during the course of the diseases or after treatment.
List of Abbreviations
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
Complement Control Protein
Epidermal Growth Factor
The authors thank Dr. I. Robbins for carefully reading the manuscript. D. Bresson is a recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. S.A. Rebuffat is financed by the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer.
- Nagayama Y, Rapoport B: The thyrotropin receptor 25 years after its discovery: new insight after its molecular cloning. Mol Endocrinol. 1992, 6: 145-56. 10.1210/me.6.2.145.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Thyroid autoimmunity. J Clin Invest. 2001, 108: 1253-9. 10.1172/JCI200114321.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Mariotti S, Caturegli P, Piccolo P, Barbesino G, Pinchera A: Antithyroid peroxidase autoantibodies in thyroid diseases. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1990, 71: 661-9.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Banga JP, Barnett PS, McGregor AM: Immunological and molecular characteristics of the thyroid peroxidase autoantigen. Autoimmunity. 1991, 8: 335-43.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- McLachlan SM, Rapoport B: Autoimmune response to the thyroid in humans: thyroid peroxidase – the common autoantigenic denominator. Int Rev Immunol. 2000, 19: 587-618.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Parkes AB, Othman S, Hall R, John R, Richards CJ, Lazarus JH: The role of complement in the pathogenesis of postpartum thyroiditis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1994, 79: 395-400. 10.1210/jc.79.2.395.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wadeleux P, Winand-Devigne J, Ruf J, Carayon P, Winand R: Cytotoxic assay of circulating thyroid peroxidase antibodies. Autoimmunity. 1989, 4: 247-54.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chiovato L, Bassi P, Santini F, Mammoli C, Lapi P, Carayon P, Pinchera A: Antibodies producing complement-mediated thyroid cytotoxicity in patients with atrophic or goitrous autoimmune thyroiditis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1993, 77: 1700-5. 10.1210/jc.77.6.1700.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guo J, Jaume JC, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Recombinant thyroid peroxidase-specific Fab converted to immunoglobulin G (IgG) molecules: evidence for thyroid cell damage by IgG1, but not IgG4, autoantibodies. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1997, 82: 925-31. 10.1210/jc.82.3.925.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Metcalfe R, Jordan N, Watson P, Gullu S, Wiltshire M, Crisp M, Evans C, Weetman A, Ludgate M: Demonstration of immunoglobulin G, A, and E autoantibodies to the human thyrotropin receptor using flow cytometry. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2002, 87: 1754-61. 10.1210/jc.87.4.1754.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bogner U, Hegedus L, Hansen JM, Finke R, Schleusener H: Thyroid cytotoxic antibodies in atrophic and goitrous autoimmune thyroiditis. Eur J Endocrinol. 1995, 132: 69-74.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Rodien P, Madec AM, Ruf J, Rajas F, Bornet H, Carayon P, Orgiazzi J: Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity in autoimmune thyroid disease: relationship to antithyroperoxidase antibodies. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1996, 81: 2595-600. 10.1210/jc.81.7.2595.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guo J, Quaratino S, Jaume JC, Costante G, Londei M, McLachlan SM, Rapoport B: Autoantibody-mediated capture and presentation of autoantigen to T cells via the Fc epsilon receptor by a recombinant human autoantibody Fab converted to IgE. J Immunol Methods. 1996, 195: 81-92. 10.1016/0022-1759(96)00091-9.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guo J, Wang Y, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Evidence for antigen presentation to sensitized T cells by thyroid peroxidase (TPO)-specific B cells in mice injected with fibroblasts co-expressing TPO and MHC class II. Clin Exp Immunol. 2000, 119: 38-46. 10.1046/j.1365-2249.2000.01087.x.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hobby P, Gardas A, Radomski R, McGregor AM, Banga JP, Sutton BJ: Identification of an immunodominant region recognized by human autoantibodies in a three-dimensional model of thyroid peroxidase. Endocrinology. 2000, 141: 2018-26. 10.1210/en.141.6.2018.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Banga JP, Mahadevan D, Barton GJ, Sutton BJ, Saldanha JW, Odell E, McGregor AM: Prediction of domain organisation and secondary structure of thyroid peroxidase, a human autoantigen involved in destructive thyroiditis. FEBS Lett. 1990, 266: 133-41. 10.1016/0014-5793(90)81524-R.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Estienne V, Duthoit C, Blanchin S, Montserret R, Durand-Gorde JM, Chartier M, Baty D, Carayon P, Ruf J: Analysis of a conformational B cell epitope of human thyroid peroxidase: identification of a tyrosine residue at a strategic location for immunodominance. Int Immunol. 2002, 14: 359-66. 10.1093/intimm/14.4.359.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Estienne V, Blanchet C, Niccoli-Sire P, Duthoit C, Durand-Gorde JM, Geourjon C, Baty D, Carayon P, Ruf J: Molecular model, calcium sensitivity, and disease specificity of a conformational thyroperoxidase B-cell epitope. J Biol Chem. 1999, 274: 35313-7. 10.1074/jbc.274.50.35313.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gardas A, Sohi MK, Sutton BJ, McGregor AM, Banga JP: Purification and crystallisation of the autoantigen thyroid peroxidase from human Graves' thyroid tissue. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1997, 234: 366-70. 10.1006/bbrc.1997.6600.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hendry E, Taylor G, Ziemnicka K, Grennan Jones F, Furmaniak J, Rees Smith B: Recombinant human thyroid peroxidase expressed in insect cells is soluble at high concentrations and forms diffracting crystals. J Endocrinol. 1999, 160: R13-5. 10.1677/joe.0.160R013.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gardas A, Lewartowska A, Sutton BJ, Pasieka Z, McGregor AM, Banga JP: Human thyroid peroxidase (TPO) isoforms, TPO-1 and TPO-2: analysis of protein expression in Graves' thyroid tissue. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1997, 82: 3752-7. 10.1210/jc.82.11.3752.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ferrand M, Le Fourn V, Franc JL: Increasing diversity of human thyroperoxidase generated by alternative splicing. Characterized by molecular cloning of new transcripts with single- and multispliced mRNAs. J Biol Chem. 2003, 278: 3793-800. 10.1074/jbc.M209513200.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Blanchin S, Estienne V, Guo J, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM, Carayon P, Ruf J: Human thyroperoxidase folds in one complex B-cell immunodominant region. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002, 295: 1118-24. 10.1016/S0006-291X(02)00827-6.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ruf J, Toubert ME, Czarnocka B, Durand-Gorde JM, Ferrand M, Carayon P: Relationship between immunological structure and biochemical properties of human thyroid peroxidase. Endocrinology. 1989, 125: 1211-8.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chazenbalk GD, Costante G, Portolano S, McLachlan SM, Rapoport B: The immunodominant region on human thyroid peroxidase recognized by autoantibodies does not contain the monoclonal antibody 47/c21 linear epitope. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1993, 77: 1715-8. 10.1210/jc.77.6.1715.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- McLachlan SM, Rapoport B: Genetic and epitopic analysis of thyroid peroxidase (TPO) autoantibodies: markers of the human thyroid autoimmune response. Clin Exp Immunol. 1995, 101: 200-6.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Portolano S, Chazenbalk GD, Seto P, Hutchison JS, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Recognition by recombinant autoimmune thyroid disease-derived Fab fragments of a dominant conformational epitope on human thyroid peroxidase. J Clin Invest. 1992, 90: 720-6.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chapal N, Chardes T, Bresson D, Pugniere M, Mani JC, Pau B, Bouanani M, Peraldi-Roux S: Thyroid peroxidase autoantibodies obtained from random single chain FV libraries contain the same heavy/light chain combinations as occur in vivo. Endocrinology. 2001, 142: 4740-50. 10.1210/en.142.11.4740.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chapal N, Peraldi-Roux S, Bresson D, Pugniere M, Mani JC, Granier C, Baldet L, Guerrier B, Pau B, Bouanani M: Human anti-thyroid peroxidase single-chain fragment variable of Ig isolated from a combinatorial library assembled in-cell: insights into the in vivo situation. J Immunol. 2000, 164: 4162-9.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guo J, McIntosh RS, Czarnocka B, Weetman AP, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Relationship between autoantibody epitopic recognition and immunoglobulin gene usage. Clin Exp Immunol. 1998, 111: 408-14. 10.1046/j.1365-2249.1998.00492.x.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Arscott PL, Koenig RJ, Kaplan MM, Glick GD, Baker JR: Unique autoantibody epitopes in an immunodominant region of thyroid peroxidase. J Biol Chem. 1996, 271: 4966-73. 10.1074/jbc.271.9.4966.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Finke R, Seto P, Ruf J, Carayon P, Rapoport B: Determination at the molecular level of a B-cell epitope on thyroid peroxidase likely to be associated with autoimmune thyroid disease. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1991, 73: 919-21.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bresson D, Cerutti M, Devauchelle G, Pugniere M, Roquet F, Bes C, Bossard C, Chardes T, Peraldi-Roux S: Localization of the discontinuous immunodominant region recognized by human anti-thyroperoxidase autoantibodies in autoimmune thyroid diseases. J Biol Chem. 2003, 278: 9560-9. 10.1074/jbc.M211930200.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gora M, Gardas A, Wiktorowicz W, Hobby P, Watson PF, Weetman AP, Sutton BJ, Banga JP: Evaluation of conformational epitopes on thyroid peroxidase by antipeptide antibody binding and mutagenesis. Clin Exp Immunol. 2004, 136: 137-44. 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2004.02422.x.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Nishikawa T, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Exclusion of two major areas on thyroid peroxidase from the immunodominant region containing the conformational epitopes recognized by human autoantibodies. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1994, 79: 1648-54. 10.1210/jc.79.6.1648.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Estienne V, Duthoit C, Vinet L, Durand-Gorde JM, Carayon P, Ruf J: A conformational B-cell epitope on the C-terminal end of the extracellular part of human thyroid peroxidase. J Biol Chem. 1998, 273: 8056-62. 10.1074/jbc.273.14.8056.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Grennan Jones F, Ziemnicka K, Sanders J, Wolstenholme A, Fiera R, Furmaniak J, Rees Smith B: Analysis of autoantibody epitopes on human thyroid peroxidase. Autoimmunity. 1999, 30: 157-69.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Xiong Z, Farilla L, Guo J, McLachlan S, Rapoport B: Does the autoantibody immunodominant region on thyroid peroxidase include amino acid residues 742–771?. Thyroid. 2001, 11: 227-31. 10.1089/105072501750159598.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guo J, McLachlan SM, Rapoport B: Localization of the thyroid peroxidase autoantibody immunodominant region to a junctional region containing portions of the domains homologous to complement control protein and myeloperoxidase. J Biol Chem. 2002, 277: 40189-95. 10.1074/jbc.M205524200.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bresson D, Pugniere M, Roquet F, Rebuffat SA, B NG, Cerutti M, Guo J, McLachlan SM, Rapoport B, Estienne V, Ruf J, Chardes T, Peraldi-Roux S: Directed mutagenesis in region 713–720 of human thyroperoxidase assigns 713KFPED717 residues as being involved in the B domain of the discontinuous immunodominant region recognized by human autoantibodies. J Biol Chem. 2004, 279: 39058-67. 10.1074/jbc.M403897200.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gora M, Gardas A, Watson PF, Hobby P, Weetman AP, Sutton BJ, Banga JP: Key residues contributing to dominant conformational autoantigenic epitopes on thyroid peroxidase identified by mutagenesis. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004, 320: 795-801. 10.1016/j.bbrc.2004.06.028.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bresson D, Rebuffat SA, Nguyen B, Banga JP, Gardas A, Peraldi-Roux S: New insights into the comformational dominant epitopes on thyroid peroxidase recognized by human autoantibodies. Endocrinology. 2005.Google Scholar
- Baker JR, Arscott P, Johnson J: An analysis of the structure and antigenicity of different forms of human thyroid peroxidase. Thyroid. 1994, 4: 173-8.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Jastrzebska-Bohaterewicz E, Gardas A: Proportion of antibodies to the A and B immunodominant regions of thyroid peroxidase in Graves and Hashimoto disease. Autoimmunity. 2004, 37: 211-6. 10.1080/0891693042000193339.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Jaume JC, Costante G, Nishikawa T, Phillips DI, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Thyroid peroxidase autoantibody fingerprints in hypothyroid and euthyroid individuals. I. Cross-sectional study in elderly women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1995, 80: 994-9. 10.1210/jc.80.3.994.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Jaume JC, Kakinuma A, Chazenbalk GD, Rapoport B, McLachlan SM: Thyrotropin receptor autoantibodies in serum are present at much lower levels than thyroid peroxidase autoantibodies: analysis by flow cytometry. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1997, 82: 500-7. 10.1210/jc.82.2.500.PubMedGoogle Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.