Fully galactosyl-fucosyl-bisected IgG1 reduces anti-HBV efficacy and liver histological improvement.


Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. Electronic address: [Email]


N-glycosylation on the crystallizable fragment (Fc) governs antibody-mediated immune responses. This study addressed the relevance of N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc)-bisected IgG1 on the disease progression and treatment efficacy in the immune active phase of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Serum IgG1N-glycan patterns from 166 HBV e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients were analyzed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The proportion of GlcNAc-bisected IgG1 on the disease severity and efficacy of nucleos(t)ide analogue treatment were investigated. Cytokine-dependent regulations of IgG1 GlcNAc bisection were also addressed using mouse IgG1-producing hybridoma cells. We found that IgG1 bearing a fully galactosyl-fucosyl-N-acetylglucosamine-bisected (G2FN) glycoform in HBeAg-positive patients was associated with high levels of HBV DNA or HBV surface antigen, alanine aminotransferase <2 upper limits of normal, and a mild liver injury. Moreover, baseline IgG1-G2FN ≧ 1.5% was linked to lower probabilities of virological response (HBV DNA undetectable in serum), HBeAg seroconversion, HBV core antigen loss, and liver histological improvement after treatment. Cox and logistic regression analyses revealed that IgG1-G2FN was an unfavorable factor for the virological response (hazard ratio = 0.620, 95% confidence interval = 0.466-0.825, P = 0.001) or liver histological improvement (odds ratio = 0.513, 95% confidence interval = 0.279-0.943, P = 0.032), respectively. Results from in vitro studies showed that transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 treatment downregulated mannosyl β-1,4-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase 3 and β-1,4-galactosyltransferase 1 activities and thereby IgG1-G2FN production, and this phenomenon reflected an inverse correlation between IgG1-G2FN and TGF-β1 in sera of patients (r = -0.431, P < 0.001). In conclusion, IgG1-G2FN was related to an attenuated liver inflammation and unfavorable treatment responses in patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B.


Glycosylation,Hepatitis B,IgG,Liver fibrosis,TGF-β1,

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