Journal of Immunological Methods
Diisocyanates (dNCOs) are lowmolecularweight chemical sensitizers that reactwith autologous proteins to produce neoantigens. dNCO-haptenated proteins have been used as immunogens for generation of dNCO-specific antibodies and as antigens to screen for dNCO-specific antibodies in exposed individuals. Detection of dNCOspecific antibodies in exposed individuals for diagnosis of dNCO asthma has been hampered by poor sensitivities of the assaymethods in that specific IgE can only be detected in approximately 25% of the dNCO asthmatics. Apart from characterization of the conjugates used for these immunoassays, the choice of the carrier protein and the dNCO used are important parameters that can influence the detection of dNCO-specific antibodies. Human serum albumin (HSA) is the most common carrier protein used for detection of dNCO specific-IgE and -IgG but the immunogenicity and/or antigenicity of other proteins that may bemodified by dNCO in vivo is not well documented. In the current study, 2,4-toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) were reacted with HSA and human hemoglobin (Hb) and the resultant adducts were characterized by (i) HPLC quantification of the diamine produced from acid hydrolysis of the adducts, (ii) 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) assay to assess extent of cross-linking, (iii) electrophoretic migration in polyacrylamide gels to analyze intra- and inter-molecular cross-linking, and (iv) evaluation of antigenicity using a monoclonal antibody developed previously to TDI conjugated to Keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH). Concentration-dependent increases in the amount of dNCO bound to HDI and TDI, cross-linking, migration in gels, and antibody-bindingwere observed. TDI reactivity with both HSA and Hb was significantly higher than HDI. Hb–TDI antigenicity was approximately 30% that of HSA–TDI. In conclusion, this data suggests that both, the extent of haptenation aswell as the degree of cross-linking differs between the two diisocyanate species studied, whichmay influence their relative immunogenicity and/or antigenicity.
Mhike, M.; Hettick, J. M.; Chipinda, I.; Law B. F.; Bledsoe, T. A.; Lemons, A. R.; Nayak, A. P.; Green, B. J.; Beezhold, D. H.; Simoyi, R. H.; Siegel, P. D. Characterization and comparative analysis of 2,4-toluene diisocyanate and 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate haptenated human serum albumin and hemoglobin. J Immunol Methods 2016, 431, 38-44.