HIV peptidome-wide association study reveals patient-specific epitope repertoires associated with HIV control

Genetic variation in the peptide-binding groove of the highly polymorphic HLA class I molecules has repeatedly been associated with HIV-1 control and progression to AIDS, accounting for up to 12% of the variation in HIV-1 set point viral load (spVL). This suggests a key role in disease control for HLA presentation of HIV-1 epitopes to cytotoxic T cells. However, a comprehensive understanding of the relevant HLA-bound HIV epitopes is still elusive. Here we describe a peptidome-wide association study (PepWAS) approach that integrates HLA genotypes and spVL data from 6,311 HIV-infected patients to interrogate the entire HIV-1 proteome (3,252 unique peptides) for disease-relevant peptides. This PepWAS approach predicts a core set of epitopes associated with spVL, including known epitopes but also several previously uncharacterized disease-relevant peptides. More important, each patient presents only a small subset of these predicted core epitopes through their individual HLA-A and HLA-B variants. Eventually, the individual differences in these patient-specific epitope repertoires account for the variation in spVL that was previously associated with HLA genetic variation. PepWAS thus enables a comprehensive functional interpretation of the robust but little-understood association between HLA and HIV-1 control, prioritizing a short list of disease-associated epitopes for the development of targeted therapy.


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Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 116, 3, 944-949
Year:
Jan 15 2019
Publisher:
Washington, NATL ACAD SCIENCES
ISSN:
0027-8424
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