Learning The High-Dimensional Immunogenomic Features That Predict Public And Private Antibody Repertoires [article]

Victor Greiff, Cédric R Weber, Johannes Palme, Ulrich Bodenhofer, Enkelejda Miho, Ulrike Menzel, Sai T Reddy
2017 bioRxiv   pre-print
Recent studies have revealed that immune repertoires contain a substantial fraction of public clones, which are defined as antibody or T-cell receptor (TCR) clonal sequences shared across individuals. As of yet, it has remained unclear whether public clones possess predictable sequence features that separate them from private clones, which are believed to be generated largely stochastically. This knowledge gap represents a lack of insight into the shaping of immune repertoire diversity.
more » ... ng a machine learning approach capable of capturing the high-dimensional compositional information of each clonal sequence (defined by the complementarity determining region 3, CDR3), we detected predictive public- and private-clone-specific immunogenomic differences concentrated in the CDR3's N1-D-N2 region, which allowed the prediction of public and private status with 80% accuracy in both humans and mice. Our results unexpectedly demonstrate that not only public but also private clones possess predictable high-dimensional immunogenomic features. Our support vector machine model could be trained effectively on large published datasets (3 million clonal sequences) and was sufficiently robust for public clone prediction across studies prepared with different library preparation and high-throughput sequencing protocols. In summary, we have uncovered the existence of high-dimensional immunogenomic rules that shape immune repertoire diversity in a predictable fashion. Our approach may pave the way towards the construction of a comprehensive atlas of public clones in immune repertoires, which may have applications in rational vaccine design and immunotherapeutics.
doi:10.1101/127902 fatcat:zkect3lhxvb6pfvzbulre4ebiu