GILT Modulates CD4+ T-Cell tolerance to the melanocyte differentiation antigen tyrosinase-related protein 1

Matthew P. Rausch, K. Taraszka Hastings

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Gamma-IFN-inducible lysosomal thiol reductase (GILT) facilitates major histocompatibility complex class II-restricted processing through endocytic reduction of protein disulfide bonds and is necessary for efficient class II-restricted processing of melanocyte differentiation antigen, tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TRP1). Using class II-restricted, TRP1-specific T-cell receptor transgenic mice, we identify a role, to our knowledge, previously unreported, for GILT in the maintenance of tolerance to TRP1. TRP1-specific thymocytes are centrally deleted in the presence of GILT and TRP1. In contrast, CD4+ single-positive thymocytes and peripheral T cells develop in the absence of GILT or TRP1, demonstrating that GILT is required for negative selection of TRP1-specific thymocytes. Although TRP1-specific T cells escape thymic deletion in the absence of GILT, they are tolerant to TRP1 and do not induce vilitigo. TRP1-specific T cells that develop in the absence of GILT have diminished IL-2 and IFN-γ production. Furthermore, GILT-deficient mice have a 4-fold increase in the percentage of TRP1-specific regulatory T (Treg) cells compared with TRP1-deficient mice, and depletion of Treg cells partially restores the ability of GILT-deficient TRP1-specific CD4+ T cells to induce vitiligo. Thus, GILT has a critical role in regulating CD4 + T-cell tolerance to an endogenous skin-restricted antigen relevant to controlling autoimmunity and generating effective immunotherapy for melanoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-162
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology


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