Carboxyl-terminal fusion of E7 into Flagellin shifts TLR5 activation to NLRC4/NAIP5 activation and induces TLR5-independent anti-tumor immunity
Kuo-Hsing Lin, Li-Sheng Chang, Chun-Yuan Tian, Yi-Chen Yeh, Yu-Jie Chen, Tsung-Hsien Chuang, Shih-Jen Liu, Chih-Hsiang Leng
Flagellin has the capacity to activate both Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) and Nod-like receptor C4 (NLRC4)/neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein 5 (NAIP5) inflammasome signaling. We fused E7m (the inactivated E7 of human papillomavirus) to either end of the flagellin protein, and the resulting recombinant flagellin-E7m proteins (rFliCE7m and rE7mFliC) were used as immunogens. Both fusion proteins activated receptor signaling to different degrees. rE7mFliC-induced TLR5 activity was 10-fold higher than that of rFliCE7m, whereas rFliCE7m activated the NLRC4/NAIP5 pathway more strongly. Therefore, these recombinant proteins provided a tool to investigate which signaling pathway is critical for the induction of antigen-specific T cell responses and anti-tumor immunity. We demonstrated that rFliCE7m induced higher levels of E7-specific IFN-gamma-secreting cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) than rE7mFliC, and a single injection with rFliCE7m but not rE7mFliC inhibited E7-expressing tumor growth in vivo. Furthermore, we confirmed that CD8+ T cells played a major role in the anti-tumor immunity induced by rFliCE7m. These findings suggested that the NLRC4/NAIP5 intracellular signaling pathway was critical for the induction of anti-tumor immunity. These observations provide important information for the rational design of flagellin-based immunotherapy.
Circular dichroism, Secondary structure, Pharmaceutical, Biochemistry