Immunization with a combination of 2 peptides derived from the c5a receptor significantly reduces early atherosclerotic lesion in ldlrtm1her Apobtm2Sgy j mice

Xinjie Lu, Min Xia, Valeria Endresz, Ildiko Faludi, Lakshmi Mundkur, Eva Gonczol, Daxin Chen, Vijay V. Kakkar

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OBJECTIVE-: The goal of this study was to assess whether immunization of Ldlr Apob J mice with 2 peptides located at the N-terminus of the C5a receptor (C5aR), either alone or in combination, is effective in reducing atherosclerotic lesions. METHODS AND RESULTS-: Five-to 6-week-old female LdlrApob J mice were immunized using a repetitive immunization multiple sites strategy with keyhole limpet hemocyanin-conjugated peptides derived from the C5aR, either alone (designated as C5aR-P1 [aa 1-21] and C5aR-P2 [aa 19-31]) or in combination (designated as C5aR-P1+C5aR-P2). Mice were fed a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. Lesions were evaluated histologically; local and systemic immune responses were analyzed by immunohistochemistry of aorta samples and cytokine measurements in plasma samples and splenocyte supernatants. Immunization of LdlrApob J mice with these peptides elicited high concentrations of antibodies against each peptide. Immunization with the single peptide inhibited plaque development. Combined inoculation with C5aR-P1+C5aR-P2 had an additive effect on reducing the lesion in the aorta sinus and descending aortas when compared with controls. This effect correlated with cellular infiltration and cytokine/chemokine secretion in the serum or in stimulated spleen cells as well as specific cellular immune responses when compared with controls. CONCLUSION-: Immunization of mice with C5aR-P1 and C5aR-P2, either alone or in combination, was effective in reducing early atherosclerotic lesion development. The combined peptide is more potential than either epitope alone to reduce atherosclerotic lesion formation through the induction of a specific Treg cell response as well as blockage of monocyte differentiation into macrophages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2358-2371
Number of pages14
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2012



  • C5a receptor
  • anaphylatoxin C5a
  • atherosclerosis
  • immune response
  • immunology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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