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Researchers gain structural insights into the immune modulator Siglec-15 and its interaction with T cells

Researchers gain structural insights into the immune modulator Siglec-15 and its interaction with T cells
a Cartoon and surface representation of two views of the crystal structure of Siglec-15 in complex with anti-Siglec-15 5G12 Fab. 5G12 is composed of a heavy chain (HC) (in orange) and a light chain (LC) (in yellow). The variable (VH and VL) region of 5G12 Fab binds to the V-set domain of Siglec-15 (in cyan). The conserved R143 residue on Siglec-15 ligand-binding site that forms the salt bridge with the carboxylate C1 of sialic acid moiety is represented with a red sphere. b Zoom-in views of the interaction between Siglec-15 and VH (top) and VL (bottom) domains of 5G12 Fab. The heavy-chain CDRs 1 and 3 (HCDR1 and HCRD3) (in orange) of 5G12 interact with C–C′ and G-G′ loops and the F strand of Siglec-15 (cyan). The light-chain CDR3 (LCDR3) from 5G12 (in yellow) interacts with the G strand and G-G´ loop (in blue). Polar contacts (H-bonds and salt bridges) are represented with yellow dashed lines. c Cartoon representation of the two β-sheets forming the V-set Ig domain of Siglec-15. The internal disulfide linkages (between C64 and C142; and between C95 and C104) are represented as sticks. d Topology diagram of V type Ig-like domain in Siglec-15. The β-sheets of are formed by strands AA´BED and C′′C′CFGG′. C64-C142 and C95-C104 intra-disulfide linkages are represented with dashed yellow lines. Credit: Nature Communications (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-39119-8

Siglec-15 has emerged as a promising target for therapeutic intervention in the field of cancer treatment, primarily due to its unique expression pattern and potential as an immune modulator. Its distinct expression profile, often found in tumor cells and tumor-associated macrophages, makes it an attractive candidate for targeted therapies aimed at modulating immune responses within the tumor microenvironment.

Despite the growing interest in Siglec-15, the development of effective drugs has been hampered by a limited understanding of its structural characteristics and the mechanisms by which it interacts with other molecules. In order to fully exploit the therapeutic potential of Siglec-15, a comprehensive understanding of its structure and molecular interactions is crucial.

A multidisciplinary research team from CIC bioGUNE, led by Jesús Jiménez Barbero, Asís Palazón and June Ereño, through a combination X-ray crystallography, (NMR) spectroscopy and computational modeling elucidated the crystal structure of Siglec-15 and its binding epitope by co-crystallizing it with an anti-Siglec-15 blocking antibody. The research was first published online in the journal Nature Communications.

Using advanced techniques such as saturation transfer-difference nuclear magnetic resonance (STD-NMR) spectroscopy and , the team unravels Siglec-15's binding mode to α(2,3)- and α(2,6)-linked sialic acids, as well as the cancer-associated sialyl-Tn (STn) glycoform.

"These results have revealed that the binding of Siglec-15 to T cells, which lack STn expression, depends on the presence of α(2,3)- and α(2,6)-linked sialoglycans. Additionally, the study identified the leukocyte integrin CD11b as a binding partner for Siglec-15 on human T cells. These discoveries provide a comprehensive understanding of Siglec-15's structural features and underscore the crucial role of glycosylation in controlling T cell responses," says June Ereño.

Prof. Jesús Jiménez Barbero emphasized the importance of glycosylation in understanding and manipulating immune responses and, together with all co-authors, they believe that this work has implications for the field of cancer immunotherapy as they offer valuable insights into the structure and interactions of Siglec-15. "This understanding opens up new possibilities for the design of next-generation immunotherapies targeting glycosylation or glycan-based pathways," says Asis Palazón.

More information: Maria Pia Lenza et al, Structural insights into Siglec-15 reveal glycosylation dependency for its interaction with T cells through integrin CD11b, Nature Communications (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-39119-8

Journal information: Nature Communications
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