Open Access
Vet. Res.
Volume 40, Number 3, May-June 2009
Number of page(s) 15
Published online 12 December 2008
How to cite this article Vet. Res. (2009) 40:14
How to cite this article: Vet. Res. (2009) 40:14
DOI: 10.1051/vetres:2008052

Targeting to porcine sialoadhesin receptor receptor improves antigen presentation to T cells

Concepción Revilla, Teresa Poderoso, Paloma Martínez, Belén Álvarez, Laura López-Fuertes, Fernando Alonso, Angel Ezquerra and Javier Domínguez

Dpto. Biotecnología, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), 28040, Madrid, Spain

Received 10 July 2008; accepted 10 December 2008; published online 12 December 2008

Abstract - Antibody-mediated targeting of antigen to specific antigen presenting cells (APC) receptors is an attractive strategy to enhance T cell immune responses to weak immunogenic antigens. Here, we describe the characterization of two monoclonal antibodies (mAb) against different epitopes of porcine sialoadhesin (Sn) and evaluate in vitro the potential of targeting this receptor for delivery of antigens to APC for T cell stimulation. The specificity of these mAb was determined by amino acid sequence analysis of peptides derived from the affinity purified antigen. Porcine Sn is expressed by macrophages present in the border between white and red pulp of the spleen and in the subcapsular sinus of lymph nodes, an appropriate location for trapping blood and lymph-borne antigens. It is also expressed by alveolar macrophages and monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDC). Blood monocytes are negative for this molecule, but its expression can be induced by treatment with IFN-$\alpha$. MAb bound to Sn is rapidly endocytosed. MAb to sialoadhesin induced in vitro T cell proliferation at concentrations 100-fold lower than the non-targeting control mAb when using T lymphocytes from pigs immunized with mouse immunoglobulins as responder cells and IFN-$\alpha$ treated monocytes or MoDC as APC, suggesting a role of sialoadhesin in antigen uptake and/or delivery into the presentation pathway in APC.

Key words: sialoadhesin / monoclonal antibody / macrophage / antigen-targeting / swine

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