Identification and characterization of two CD4 alleles in Microminipigs

Tatsuya Matsubara, Naohito Nishii, Satoshi Takashima, Masaki Takasu, Noriaki Imaeda, Kayo Aiki-Oshimo, Kazuaki Yamazoe, Michinori Kakisaka, Shin nosuke Takeshima, Yoko Aida, Yoshie Kametani, Jerzy K. Kulski, Asako Ando, Hitoshi Kitagawa

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    Background: We previously identified two phenotypes of CD4+ cells with and without reactions to anti-pig CD4 monoclonal antibodies by flow cytometry in a herd of Microminipigs. In this study, we analyzed the coding sequences of CD4 and certified the expression of CD4 molecules in order to identify the genetic sequence variants responsible for the positive and negative PBMCs reactivity to anti-pig CD4 monoclonal antibodies. Results: We identified two CD4 alleles, CD4.A and CD4.B, corresponding to antibody positive and negative, respectively, by nucleotide sequencing of PCR products using CD4 specific primer pairs. In comparison with the swine CD4 amino-acid sequence [GenBank: NP_001001908], CD4.A had seven amino-acid substitutions and CD4.B had 15 amino-acid substitutions. The amino-acid sequences within domain 1 of CD4.B were identical to the swine CD4.2 [GenBank: CAA46584] sequence that had been reported previously to be a modified CD4 molecule that had lost reactivity with an anti-pig CD4 antibody in NIH miniature pigs. Homozygous and heterozygous CD4.A and CD4.B alleles in the Microminipigs herd were characterised by using the RFLP technique with the restriction endonuclease, BseRI. The anti-pig CD4 antibody recognized pig PBMCs with CD4.AA and CD4.AB, but did not recognized those with CD4.BB. We transfected HeLa cells with the FLAG-tagged CD4.A or CD4.B vectors, and certified that transfected HeLa cells expressed FLAG in both vectors. The failure of cells to react with anti-CD4 antibodies in CD4.B pigs was associated to ten amino-acid substitutions in domain 1 and/or one amino-acid substitution in joining region 3 of CD4.B. We also found exon 8 was defective in some CD4.A and CD4.B resulting in the loss of the transmembrane domain, which implies that these CD4 proteins are secreted from helper T cells into the circulation. Conclusions: We identified that amino-acids substitutions of domain 1 in CD4.B gave rise to the failure of some CD4 expressing cells to react with particular anti-pig CD4 monoclonal antibodies. In addition, we developed a PCR-RFLP method that enabled us to simply identify the CD4 sequence variant and the positive and negative PBMCs reactivity to our anti-pig CD4 monoclonal antibodies without the need to use flow cytometric analysis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number222
    JournalBMC Veterinary Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2016


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