ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-090616-22
CD154-CD40 interactions are essential for thymus-dependent antibody production in zebrafish: insights into the origin of costimulatory pathway in helper T cell-regulated adaptive immunity in early vertebrates
Gong, Y.F., Xiang, L.X., and Shao, J.Z.
Date: 2009
Source: Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)   182(12): 7749-7762 (Journal)
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Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Adaptation, Biological/immunology*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antibody Formation/immunology*
  • Base Sequence
  • CD40 Antigens/chemistry
  • CD40 Antigens/genetics
  • CD40 Antigens/immunology*
  • CD40 Ligand/chemistry
  • CD40 Ligand/genetics
  • CD40 Ligand/immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin M/immunology
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Organ Specificity
  • Phylogeny
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Structural Homology, Protein
  • T-Lymphocytes, Helper-Inducer/immunology*
  • Thymus Gland/immunology*
  • Time Factors
  • Zebrafish/immunology*
PubMed: 19494299 Full text @ J. Immunol.
The CD154-CD40-mediated costimulatory pathway is critical for T-B cell cooperation in thymus-dependent (TD) immune response in mammals. However, little is known about its existence and occurrence in lower vertebrates. Here, we report on the identification and functional characterization of CD154 and CD40 homologs from the zebrafish (Danio rerio) model. Zebrafish CD154 is a type II membrane-bound protein with a TNF homology domain in its extracellular C-terminal region, whose tertiary structure is a sandwich containing two stacked sheets with "jelly roll" topology, just as the human TNF members do. The zebrafish CD40 is a type I membrane-bound protein with a sequence pattern of four cysteine-rich domains in its extracellular N-terminal region. The consensus TNFR-associated factor (TRAF)2- and TRAF6-binding motifs in mammalian CD40 are found in the cytoplasmic tail of zebrafish CD40, which indicates similar signal transduction mechanisms to higher vertebrates. Zebrafish CD154 and CD40 are widely distributed and can be up-regulated by thymus-dependent Ag. The production of IgM was dramatically decreased by anti-CD154 or soluble CD40, and it was enhanced by soluble CD154 or CD154-encoding plasmid in vivo. Thymus-dependent Ag-induced CD154 expression was inhibited by cyclosporin A, suggesting that CD154 functionally associates with T cells. Double immunofluorescence staining showed that CD40 and membrane IgM colocalized in B cells. CD154-CD40 binding assays showed that CD154 specifically binds to CD40 at homodimeric form. Our results provide the first evidence for the existence of the functional CD154-CD40-mediated costimulatory pathway and helper T cell regulatory mechanism underlying adaptive immunity in a fish species.