Publication Details (including relevant citation information):
Kerzel S, Wagner J, Rogosch T, Yildirim AO, Sikula L, Fehrenbach H, Garn H, Maier RF, Schroeder HW Jr, Zemlin M.
Clin Exp Allergy. 2009 Apr;39(4):591-601
BACKGROUND: When bound to mast cell FcepsilonRI, IgE serves as antigen receptor for allergic reactions, permitting specific identification of the allergen. Although the core of the classic antigen-binding site is heavy chain complementarity determining region 3 (CDR-H3), recent studies suggest that allergens might also bind IgE in a superantigen-like fashion outside the classic antigen-binding site.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the contribution of the classic CDR-H3-centric antigen-binding site to the development of an allergic phenotype.
METHODS: Using a murine model of experimental asthma, we characterized a gene-targeted mouse strain expressing an altered range of CDR-H3s (DeltaD-iD mice) in response to the hydrophobic allergen ovalbumin (OVA). Mutant and wild-type (wt) mice were sensitized intraperitoneally with OVA; non-sensitized mice served as controls.
RESULTS: We found the composition of the classic CDR-H3-centric antigen-binding site to be critical for the development of characteristic aspects of allergic asthma. (i) Compared with wt animals, DeltaD-iD mice showed a significantly less pronounced OVA-induced rise in allergen-specific IgE levels and hence in total serum IgE levels. (ii) In addition, DeltaD-iD mice demonstrated a significant reduction in eosinophilic airway inflammation, as well as in interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-5 and IL-13 levels in BAL fluids.
CONCLUSION: Allergic sensitization and airway inflammation depend on the composition of the predominant CDR-H3 repertoire, suggesting that the classic CDR-H3-centric antigen-binding site plays a crucial role in creating the immunological interface between allergen and IgE. Our results further emphasize a central role of IgE, not only in mediating but also in regulating the allergic immune response.
Address (URL): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19220320