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|Mutation Type||critical splice donor site (1 bp from exon)|
|Coordinate||10,513,288 bp (GRCm38)|
|Base Change||G ⇒ A (forward strand)|
|Gene Name||class II transactivator|
|Chromosomal Location||10,480,059-10,528,418 bp (+)|
FUNCTION: This gene encodes a member of the NOD-like receptor protein family. This protein acts as a transcriptional coactivator and component of the enhanceosome complex to stimulate transcription of MHC class II genes in the adaptive immune response. This protein may also regulate the transcription of MHC class I genes. Mutations in the human gene have been linked to a rare immunodeficiency, bare lymphocyte syndrome, and homozygous knockout mice exhibit many features of this disease. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2014]
PHENOTYPE: Homozygous targeted mutants are immunologically abnormal with extremely little MHC class II expression, greatly reduced serum IgG, and impaired T-dependent antigen responses. [provided by MGI curators]
|Amino Acid Change|
|Institutional Source||Beutler Lab|
|Gene Model||predicted gene model for protein(s): [ENSMUSP00000023147] [ENSMUSP00000139108] [ENSMUSP00000154946] [ENSMUSP00000155517] [ENSMUSP00000155002]|
|Predicted Effect||probably null|
|Predicted Effect||probably null|
|Predicted Effect||probably null|
|Predicted Effect||probably null|
|Alleles Listed at MGI|
|Mode of Inheritance||Autosomal Recessive|
|Last Updated||2017-05-12 11:29 AM by Anne Murray|
|Record Created||2014-12-12 7:18 PM by Jin Huk Choi|
The sisal phenotype was identified among N-nitroso-N-ethylurea (ENU)-mutagenized G3 mice of the pedigree R1468, some of which showed reduced frequencies of CD4+ T cells (Figure 1) including naïve CD4+ T cells in CD4+ T cells (Figure 2) and CD4+ T cells in CD3+ T cells (Figure 3) as well as increased CD44+ CD4+ mean fluorescence intensity (MFI; Figure 4) and increased frequencies CD8+ T cells in CD3+ T cells (Figure 5), all in the peripheral blood. Some mice also exhibited diminished T-dependent antibody responses to ovalbumin administered with aluminum hydroxide (Figure 6) and recombinant Semliki Forest virus (rSFV)-encoded β-galactosidase (rSFV-β-gal; Figure 7).
|Nature of Mutation|
Whole exome HiSeq sequencing of the G1 grandsire identified 113 mutations. All of the above anomalies were linked by continuous variable mapping to a mutation in Ciita: a G to A transition at base pair 10,513,288 (v38) on chromosome 16, or base pair 33,274 in the GenBank genomic region NC_000082 within the donor splice site of intron 11. The strongest association was found with a recessive model of linkage to the normalized T-dependent antibody response to rSFV-β-gal, wherein 4 variant homozygotes departed phenotypically from 4 homozygous reference mice and 11 heterozygous mice with a P value of 1.339 x 10-7 (Figure 8). A substantial semidominant effect was observed in some of the assays, but the mutation is preponderantly recessive. The effect of the mutation at the cDNA and protein level has not examined, but the mutation is predicted to result in an in-frame skipping of the 159-nucleotide exon 11 (out of 19 total exons).
Genomic numbering corresponds to NC_000082. The donor splice site of intron 11, which is destroyed by the sisal mutation, is indicated in blue lettering and the mutated nucleotide is indicated in red.
Ciita encodes major histocompatibility complex class II (MHCII) transactivator (CIITA), a member of the NACHT-leucine-rich repeat (NACHT-LRR; alternatively CATERPILLER) family [Figure 9; reviewed in (1)]. CIITA has an N-terminal acidic activation domain (AD; amino acids 26-137), an acetyltransferase domain (ATD; amino acids 94-132), a proline-serine-threonine (PST) region (amino acids 163-322), a central GTP-binding domain (GBD; amino acids 445-452) within a NACHT domain (amino acids 362-533), and a C-terminal LRR region (amino acids 931-1046) (2).
Activation domains are common to transcription factors (e.g., TFIID and TFIIH) and mediate interactions with the basal transcriptional machinery (3-5). The AD of CIITA mediates binding of CIITA to general transcription factors (e.g., RFX-ANK and NF-YC) and CREB-binding protein (CBP) (6-8). The AD and the ATD domain partially overlap (9). The acetyltransferase activity of CIITA is mediated by the ATD and is required for CIITA-mediated transactivation (9), but the transactivator function of CIITA also requires the PST, GBD, and LRR domains. PST regions are often found in transcription factors with either AD or DNA-binding properties (10;11). The function of the PST domain in CIITA is unknown (12). The PST region of CIITA has two proteolytic signal sites (amino acids 132-301), termed degrons, that targets CIITA for proteasome-mediated degradation by functioning as an E3 ubiquitin ligase recognition site (13;14). Within the PST domain and overlapping the degron site, CIITA has an ATPase-binding domain (amino acids 132-301) that can bind the P19 ATPase Sug1 (15) and the 19S ATPase S6a (16). The 19S ATPase Sug1 is essential for MHCII expression as well as the recruitment and stabilization of CIITA at the MHCII promoter (17). The 19S ATPase S6a regulates the transcription of Ciita by regulating histone modification at the pIV promoter (16). Loss of the ATPase-binding domain results in an increased CIITA half-life, but decreases MHCII surface expression (15). The NACHT domain consists of a phosphate- (GXXXXGKS), a magnesium- (DXXG), and a guanine- (SKXD) binding motif essential for CIITA activity (12). The NACHT corresponds to the site of interaction of several DNA binding transactivators (6). The NACHT domain regulates shuttling of CIITA between the nucleus and cytoplasm (18;19). Mutation or deletion of the NACHT domain results in an increased rate of nuclear export of CIITA (19). No GTPase activity has been associated with the GBD within the NACHT (18). The LRR region has four LRRs and associates with the NACHT domain to mediate CIITA self-association, nuclear import and export of CIITA, transcriptosome formation, and MHCII transcription (20-24;24). A complex comprised of both Zinc finger X-linked duplicated family member C (ZXDC) and ZXDA interacts with CIITA through the LRR region to mediate MHCII gene transcription (25;26).
CIITA has three nuclear localization sequences required for the nuclear translocation of CIITA and for its activity (27). Two are near the N-terminus (amino acids 144-161) and one is at the C-terminus (19). The transactivation, nuclear localization, oligomerization, and DNA-binding transactivators interaction activities of CIITA are regulated by several posttranslational modifications including phosphorylation, ubiquitination, acetylation, and deacetylation (28). CIITA exhibits intrinsic kinase activity and is able to both auto- and trans-phosphorylate (29). CIITA can be phosphorylated by PKA, PKC, GSK3, CK1, ERK1/2, and CKII at various sites throughout the AT, PST, and LRR domains (28). CIITA has two kinase domains: one between amino acids 1-428, which contains sites of autophosphorylation, and another between amino acids 700-1130 (29).
The sisal mutation is predicted to result in deletion of exon 11, which encodes amino acids 836-888 which precedes the LRR region.
CIITA is constitutively expressed in antigen presenting cells (APCs; i.e., mature and immature dendritic cells, B cells, and macrophages). CIITA is expressed in CD4+ T cells under T helper 1 (Th1), but not Th2 conditions (30;31). CIITA is also expressed in thymic epithelial cells (TECs), skin, heart, skeletal muscle, kidney, salivary gland, and liver (32). Interferon (IFN)-γ induces Ciita expression in several cell types including astrocytes, fibroblasts, and aortic smooth muscle cells (33-37). TGF-β, IL-1, IL-4 and IL-10 suppress CIITA expression (38-41). CIITA is localized to both the cytoplasm and nuclei (42). IFN-γ increases the translocation of CIITA into the nucleus.
Ciita expression is regulated by the use of four promoters (pI, pII, pIII, and pIV) that each precede alternative first exons spliced to shared downstream exons [(43;44); reviewed in (6). The pI, pIII, and pIV promoters are highly conserved between the mouse and human genes and generate a 132 kDa, 124 kDa, and a 121 kDa isoform, respectively. The pII-associated isoform is expressed at low levels in humans and is absent in mice (44). The promoters regulate Ciita expression in a cell type-specific manner (44;45). For example, the pI promoter is utilized in myeloid cells (i.e., conventional dendritic cells and macrophages), while the pIII promoter is utilized in lymphoid cells (i.e., B cells, T cells, and plasmacytoid dendritic cells) (38;44;46-49). Abnormal constitutive expression of MHCII proteins in some melanoma cells is due to constitutive activation of the pIII promoter (50). The pIV promoter is essential for Ciita expression in cortical TECs (cTECs) and medullary TECs (mTECs) (51). Ciita-pIV is induced by interferon (IFN)-γ in most cell types including non-bone marrow-derived cells including fibroblasts and astrocytes (38;44). Both Ciita-I and Ciita-IV transcripts are induced by IFN-γ in macrophages at early time points (44;46;52;53). At later time points, Ciita-IV expression diminishes, and Ciita-I remains elevated (38;52). IFN-γ induces Janus kinas 1 (JAK1) and JAK2/STAT1 activation and STAT1-mediated binding to the IFN-γ activation sequence (GAS) element in pIV (54). STAT1 regulates IRF-1 expression, which then activates the CIITA promoter (55;56). PKCδ is also essential for maximum IFN-γ inducible CIITA gene expression in macrophages and to maintain CIITA expression in B cells by promoting the recruitment of STAT1 and histone acetyltransferases to the Ciita promoter (57;58). PKCα also regulates IFN-γ inducible expression of the CIITA gene (38;59).
MHCII proteins induce and regulate adaptive immune responses as well as maintain self-tolerance. MHCII proteins are displayed at the surface of antigen presenting cells (i.e., dendritic cells, B cells, and cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage) where they present peptides to the T cell receptor (TCR) on CD4+ T cells, subsequently triggering the maturation, activation, and proliferation of the T cells. MHCII+ cTECs mediate positive selection, which promotes the survival of T cells that have a TCR that can recognize self-MHC molecules [reviewed in (60)]. In addition, MHCII+ thymic dendritic cells and/or mTECs regulate the elimination of autoreactive T cells by negative selection [reviewed in (60)]. CIITA is a coactivator that regulates the transcription of all MHCII genes including the classical MHCII proteins human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR, HLA-DP, and HLA-DQ as well as MHCII accessory proteins HLA-DM, HLA-DO, and the invariant chain (Ii) [Figure 10; (61-63); reviewed in (1;64)]. Each of the promoters of the CIITA-regulated genes contain W/S, X, X2, and Y boxes, which are conserved regulatory elements that bind DNA-binding transcription factors. The X, X2, and Y boxes bind regulatory factor X (RFX; consisting of the RFX5, RFX-ANK, and RFX-AP subunits), CREB, and nuclear transcription factor-Y (NF-Y; consisting of A, B, and C subunits), respectively. CIITA does not bind DNA, but directly or indirectly interacts with NF-Y, CREB, and RFX to form a transcriptionally active complex termed the enhanceosome (65;66). Within the enhanceosome, CIITA coordinates the assembly of either activating [p300, CBP, and p300/CBP-associating factor (PCAF), and CARM1 (67)] or repressive [HDAC1, HDAC2, and HDAC4 (68)] histone modifying enzymes (69). CIITA can also interact with chromatin remodeling factors including BRG1 (70) and coactivators including SRC-1 (67). CIITA also increases constitutive MHC class I gene expression and beta-2-microglobulin (β2m) through effects at site α in addition to X- and Y-like sequences in the promoters (71-74). The role of CIITA is MHCI expression and regulation is unknown.
The transcription pre-initiation complex involves the association of a TFIID complex with core promoters and subsequent recruitment of the remaining general transcription factors, RNA polymerase II, and elongation factors. The TFIID complex is comprised of TATA binding protein (TBP) and several transcription associated factors (TAFs). CIITA can also function as a general transcription factor within a TFIID-like complex (75;76). CIITA recruits and interacts with TBP, TAF6, TAF7, and TAF9. CIITA can also interact with PTEFb and TFIIB, components of the pre-initiation complex (75;76). As a member of the TFIID-like complex, CIITA is directly involved in IFN-induced expression MHCI and MHCII (29). The acetyltransferase activity of CIITA is inhibited by TAF7, preventing transcription initiation until the pre-initiation complex is fully assembled (77). CIITA autophosphorylation prevents TAF7 binding (29). CIITA also phosphorylates TAF7, histone H2B, and the TFIIF component RAP74 (29). CIITA-mediated phosphorylation of TAF7 is proposed to regulate TAF7 binding to BRD4, PTEFb, and TFIIH. Phosphorylation of histone H2B has been shown to regulate transcription during cell cycle progression and stress response (78). CIITA-mediated phosphorylation of RAP74 is proposed to coordinate the functions of the members of the pre-initiation complex (79).
CIITA suppresses the expression of other immunology-associated genes including those that encode interleukin 4 (IL-4), IL-10 (80), cyclin D1 (Ccnd1), c-Myc, N-Myc, E-cathepsin E (Ctse) (81), MMP-9 (Mmp9) (82), the semaphoring receptor plexin A1 in mature mouse dendritic cells (83), Fas ligand (Fasl; see the record for riogrande), collagen α2 (I) (Col1a1), thymidine kinase (Tk1), and myogenin (Myog) (84-87). Cyclin D1, c-Myc, and n-Myc are required for cell proliferation and cell differentiation. IL-4 and IL-10 are cytokines expressed by Th2 cells. CIITA is proposed to suppress IL-4 expression in Th1 cells by competing with NF-AT for binding to CBP (8;30;88). Other studies found that CIITA is not differentially regulated during Th1 and Th2 differentiation in mouse and human T cells (89) and that CIITA did not repress IL-4 expression in Th2, but causes a Th2 bias during CD4+ T cell activation (89). Otten et al. found that CIITA and MHCII expression is upregulated during human CD4+ T cell activation, but not in mouse CD4+ T cells (89). CIITA represses the Col1a1, Mmp9, Tk1, and Ccnd1 promoters by sequestering CBP (42;82;90). CIITA regulates Fasl expression through a competition between CIITA and NF-AT for binding to CBP (31;86). Ciita-deficient (Ciita-/-) mice have elevated FasL expression on developing Th1 cells and on LPS-stimulated B cells (31). CIITA negatively regulates Ctse expression by inhibiting the histone acetyltransferase p300 necessary for Ctse promoter activity (81). CIITA represses the expression of Myog in myoblasts, inhibiting the activity of myogenin in myotubes and subsequently regulating IFN-γ-induced inhibition of myogenesis through the downregulation of muscle-specific genes (e.g., Myog and MyoD) needed for differentiation (87).
CIITA also functions as a regulator of adult skeletal homeostasis independent of its role in MHCII expression through the stimulation of resorptive activity and of bone marrow osteoclast differentiation from bone marrow monocyte lineages (91). Mice that were selectively deficient in CIITA-pIV (pIV-/-) exhibited CIITA-pI overexpression in the monocytic lineage in the bone marrow due to increased usage of the pI promoter, but not in bone marrow-derived dendritic cells or in splenic monocytes of B cells from the bone marrow or spleen (91). The pIV-/- mice and transgenic mice that overexpressed CIITA-IV (CIITA-Tg) exhibited trabecular bone defects and reduced trabecular number and bone volume indicating that both CIITA-I and CIITA-IV regulate osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption (91). CIITA expression and the subsequent increased T cell proliferation and survival contribute to the bone wasting effect of estrogen deficiency. Surgically-induced menopause (i.e., ovariectomy) leads to estrogen deficiency, resulting in IFN-γ induced CIITA expression and subsequent increased macrophage antigen presentation, increased T cell activation, longer survival of active T cells, increased T cell TNF production, and TNF-induced bone loss (92;93). Th1 cells exhibit increased IFN-γ secretion, leading to increased IL-12 and IL-18 secretion by macrophages and increased CIITA expression.
Mutations in CIITA cause complementation group A bare lymphocyte syndrome (BLS), type II [OMIM: #209920; (94;95)]. BLS has four complementation groups that all exhibit intact MHCII structural genes, but defective transcriptional activation of MHCII genes. Within the first year of life, BLS patients exhibit frequent bacterial, viral, protozoan, and fungal infections as well as gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system infections. BLS patients rarely survive beyond the age of 10. In BLS, antigen presentation is defective resulting in reduced T cell and antibody responses with a concomitant reduction of CD4+ T cells due to reduced or no expression of MHCII and MHCI molecules (96;97). Mutations within the promoter III region of CIITA cause a susceptibility to autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (OMIM: #180300), multiple sclerosis, and myocardial infarction (98).
Ciita-deficient (Ciita-/-) mice exhibit normal numbers of B cells, reduced numbers of CD4+ thymocytes, and increased numbers of CD8+ T cells compared to wild-type mice (63;99). When gated in CD3+ cells, the CD4 and CD8 profiles showed a significant number of cells in the mature CD4+CD8- thymocyte position, although the amount was less than that in wild-type mice (99). Ciita-/- mice had comparable populations of CD11c+, CD11b+, and CD8α− dendritic cells as those in wild-type mice (80). Ciita-/- mice exhibited similar levels of splenic myeloid (CD11c+CD11b+) and lymphoid (CD11c+CD11b−) dendritic cells to wild-type mice. (80) However, splenic dendritic cells from the Ciita-/- mice had fewer CD11c+CD11b−B220+ cells than wild-type mice (80). The level of serum IgM was slightly increased, while the level of serum IgG was drastically reduced in the Ciita-/- mice compared to wild-type mice (63).The display of MHCII proteins on Ciita-/- B220+ IgM+ B cells and macrophages was reduced (99). MHCI proteins were expressed at normal levels in the Ciita-/- mice (80;99). T cells from Ciita-/- mice proliferated normally after activation with ConA or anti-CD3 antibody, indicating that the TCR-mediated responses were normal in the Ciita-/- mice (62). Ciita-/- dendritic cells stimulated with LPS or CpG expressed increased IL-10 levels, but normal levels of TNF-α and IL-12 relative to control (80). The Ciita-/- mice exhibited a diminished T-dependent antibody response to keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) (62). The diminished frequency of CD4+ thymocytes, increased frequency of CD8+ T cells, and the diminished T-dependent antibody response phenotypes observed in the sisal mice mimics that of Ciita-/- mice indicating diminished CIITA function.
sisal(F):5'- CAGGGCCTCCTTGAGTGATACAATG -3'
sisal(R):5'- TCCCACCAGTTAGTAGGTGCAGAAG -3'
sisal_seq(F):5'- TACAATGGCATTATGGGAGTCC -3'
sisal_seq(R):5'- CTTCAGCCGTGAAGAGACTG -3'
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