Dapsone and Nitroso Dapsone Activation of Naı̈ve T-Cells from Healthy Donors Academic Article uri icon

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  • Dapsone (DDS) causes hypersensitivity reactions in 0.5-3.6% of patients. Although clinical diagnosis is indicative of a hypersensitivity reaction, studies have not been performed to define whether dapsone or a metabolite activates specific T-cells. Thus, the aims of this study were to explore the immunogenicity DDS and nitroso DDS (DDS-NO) using peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy donors and splenocytes from mice and generate human T-cell clones to characterize mechanisms of T-cell activation. DDS-NO was synthesized from DDS-hydroxylamine and shown to bind to the thiol group of glutathione and human and mouse albumin through sulfonamide and N-hydroxyl sulphonamide adducts. Naïve T-cell priming to DDS and DDS-NO was successful in three human donors. DDS-specific CD4+ T-cell clones were stimulated to proliferate in response to drug via a MHC class II restricted direct binding interaction. Cross reactivity with DDS-NO, DDS-analogues, and sulfonamides was not observed. DDS-NO clones were CD4+ and CD8+, MHC class II and I restricted, respectively, and activated via a pathway dependent on covalent binding and antigen processing. DDS and DDS-NO-specific clones secreted a mixture of Th1 and Th2 cytokines, but not granzyme-B. Splenocytes from mice immunized with DDS-NO were stimulated to proliferate in vitro with the nitroso metabolite, but not DDS. In contrast, immunization with DDS did not activate T-cells. These data show that DDS- and DDS-NO-specific T-cell responses are readily detectable.


  • Alzahrani, Abdulaziz
  • Ogese, Monday
  • Meng, Xiaoli
  • Waddington, James Charles
  • Tailor, Arun
  • Farrell, John
  • Maggs, James L
  • Betts, Catherine
  • Park, B Kevin
  • Naisbitt, Dean

publication date

  • December 18, 2017