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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164596/regulation-of-t-helper-cell-responses-during-antigen-presentation-by-norepinephrine-exposed-endothelial-cells
#1
Linghui Xu, Wanhong Ding, Lori L Stohl, Xi K Zhou, Shayan Azizi, Ethan Chuang, Jimmy Lam, John A Wagner, Richard D Granstein
Dermal blood vessels and regional lymph nodes are innervated by sympathetic nerves and, under stress, sympathetic nerves release norepinephrine (NE). Exposure of primary murine dermal microvascular endothelial cells (pDMECs) to NE followed by co-culture with Langerhans cells (LCs), responsive CD4(+) T cells and antigen resulted in modulation of CD4(+) T cell responses. NE-treatment of pDMECs induced increased production of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-17A while downregulating interferon (IFN)-γ and IL-22 release...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164593/immune-correlates-of-clinical-outcome-in-melanoma
#2
REVIEW
Graham Pawelec
Melanoma has long been recognized as a potentially immunogenic tumour, but only recently has it become clear that the reason for this resides in its many UV-induced mutations and expression of multiple autoantigens which can be targeted by the immune system. The first successful applications of immune-based treatments included passive immunotherapy using high-dose IL-2 and/or adoptive transfer of NK-cells, as well as active immunotherapy using whole cell-derived or peptide vaccines. In the intervening decades, it has become clear that these approaches can lead to durable responses in stage III/IV melanoma, and even to functional cures - but only in a vanishingly small fraction of patients...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159928/the-immunogenetics-of-neurological-disease
#3
REVIEW
Maneesh K Misra, Vincent Damotte, Jill A Hollenbach
Genes encoding antigen-presenting molecules within the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) account for the highest component of genetic risk for many neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Myriad genetic, immunological and environmental factors may contribute to an individual's susceptibility to neurological disease. Here, we review and discuss the decades long research on the influence of genetic variation at the MHC locus and the role of immunogenetic killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) loci in neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159903/soluble-mhc-molecules-in-immune-regulation-highlighting-class-ii-antigens
#4
REVIEW
Katerina Bakela, Irene Athanassakis
The involvement of Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens in the development and regulation of immune response has been well defined over the years, starting from maturation, antigenic peptide loading, migration to the cell membrane for recognition by the T cell receptor and recycling for immune response cessation. During this intracellular trafficking, MHC antigens find a way to be excreted by the cells, since they can be found as soluble MHC class I (sMHCI) and class II (sMHCII) molecules in all body fluids...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155454/harnessing-the-power-of-regulatory-t-cells-to-control-autoimmune-diabetes-overview-and-perspective
#5
REVIEW
Hua Yu, Ricardo Paiva, Richard A Flavell
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease resulting in islet β-cell destruction, hypoinsulinemia, and severely altered glucose homeostasis. Although the mechanisms that initiate T1D still remain elusive, a breakdown of immune tolerance between effector T cells (Teff) and regulatory T cells (Treg) is considered to be the crucial component leading to autoimmunity. As such, strategies have been developed to boost the number and/or function of Treg in the hope of specifically hampering the pathogenic Teff activity...
November 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150846/cancer-stem-cells-as-targets-for-immunotherapy
#6
REVIEW
Amy S Codd, Takayuki Kanaseki, Toshihiko Torigo, Zsuzsanna Tabi
Current cancer therapies target the bulk of the tumour, while a population of highly resistant tumour cells may be able to repopulate the tumour and metastasise to new sites. Cancer cells with such stem cell-like characteristics can be identified based on their phenotypic and/or functional features which may open up ways for their targeted elimination. In this review we discuss potential off-target effects of inhibiting cancer stem-cell self-renewal pathways on immune cells, and summarise some recent immunological studies specifically targeting cancer stem cells based on their unique antigen expression...
November 18, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140572/dissecting-human-ilc-heterogeneity-more-than-just-three-subsets
#7
REVIEW
Yannick Simoni, Evan W Newell
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) have been divided into three distinct groups based on functional capacities, cytokine profiles and transcription factor expression. Studies done mostly in mice have demonstrated the importance of ILCs in chronic inflammation, infection, allergy and cancer. In this review, we discuss the heterogeneity of human ILC and focus primarily on the taxonomy of human ILC cell subsets and their phenotypic and functional diversity. We summarize recent findings about the diversity of ILCs between and within the major subsets (NK, ILC1, ieILC1, ILC2, ILC3, LTi, ILCP), as well as the abundance of each in human tissues...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140561/interaction-among-smoking-status-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-and-markers-of-systemic-inflammation-in-healthy-individuals
#8
Thitiya Luetragoon, Lars Erik Rutqvist, Orathai Tangvarasittichai, Bengt-Åke Andersson, Sture Löfgren, Kanchana Usuwanthim, Nongnit Laytragoon Lewin
Cigarette smoke contains toxic and carcinogenic substances that contribute to the development of cancer and various diseases. Genetic variation might be important because not all smokers develop smoking-related disease. The current study addressed the possible interactions among selected single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes related to systemic inflammation, smoking status, the levels of circulating immune response cells and plasma biomarkers of systemic inflammation. Sixty-four healthy blood donors were recruited, of whom 31 were current smokers and 33 were never-users of tobacco products, references...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140551/b-cell-receptor-repertoire-sequencing-in-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiency-a-review
#9
REVIEW
Marie Ghraichy, Jacob D Galson, Dominic F Kelly, Johannes Trück
The advent of next-generation sequencing now allows a detailed assessment of the adaptive immune system in health and disease. In particular, high-throughput B-cell receptor (BCR) repertoire sequencing provides detailed information about the functionality and abnormalities of the B-cell system. However, it is mostly unknown how the BCR repertoire is altered in the context of primary immunodeficiencies (PID) and whether findings are consistent across phenotypes and genotypes. We have performed an extensive literature search of the published work on BCR repertoire sequencing in PID patients, including several forms of predominantly antibody disorders and combined immunodeficiencies...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140541/regulatory-t-cells-in-acute-dengue-viral-infection
#10
Eresha Jayaratne, Dulharie Wijeratne, Samitha Fernando, Achala Kamaladasa, Laksiri Gomes, Ananda Wijewickrama, Graham Stuart Ogg, Gathsaurie Neelika Malavige
Although regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been shown to be expanded in acute dengue, their role in pathogenesis and their relationship to clinical disease severity, and extent of viraemia have not been fully evaluated. The frequency of Tregs was assessed in 56 adult patients with acute dengue, by determining the proportion of FOXP3 expressing CD4(+) CD25(+) T cells (FOXP3+ cells). DENV viral loads were measured by quantitative real time PCR and DENV specific T cell responses were measured by ex vivo IFNγ ELISpot assays to overlapping peptide pools of DENV-NS3, NS1 and NS5...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139548/prospects-from-systems-serology-research
#11
REVIEW
Kelly B Arnold, Amy W Chung
Antibodies are highly functional glycoproteins capable of providing immune protection through multiple mechanisms, including direct pathogen neutralization and the engagement of their Fc-portions with surrounding effector immune cells and immune components that induce anti-pathogenic responses. Small modifications to multiple antibody biophysical features induced by vaccines and other therapeutic regimens can significantly alter functional immune outcomes, though it is difficult to predict which combinations confer protective immunity...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121394/larval-echinococcus-multilocularis-infection-reduces-dextran-sulfate-sodium-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice-by-attenuating-th1-th17-mediated-immune-reactions
#12
Junhua Wang, Christine Goepfert, Norbert Mueller, Alessandra Piersigilli, Renyong Lin, Hao Wen, Dominique A Vuitton, Lucine Vuitton, Christoph Mueller, Bruno Gottstein
The tumor-like growth of larval Echinococcus multilocularis tissue (causing alveolar echinococcosis, AE) is directly linked to the nature/orientation of the periparasitic host immune-mediated processes. Parasite-mediated immune suppression is a hallmark triggering infection outcome in both chronic human and murine AE. So far, little is known about secondary systemic immune effects of this pathogen on other concomitant diseases, e.g. endogenous gut inflammation. We examined the influence of E. multilocularis infection on murine Dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis...
November 9, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106696/the-mechanisms-shaping-the-repertoire-of-cd4-foxp3-treg-cells
#13
REVIEW
Piotr Kraj, Leszek Ignatowicz
Regulatory T (Treg ) cells expressing Foxp3 transcription factor control homeostasis of the immune system, antigenic responses to commensal and pathogenic microbiota, and immune responses to self and tumor antigens. Treg cells differentiate in the thymus, (tTreg ) along with conventional CD4(+) T cells, in processes of positive and negative selection. Another class of Treg cells is generated in peripheral tissues (pTreg ) by inducing Foxp3 expression in conventional CD4(+) T cells in response to antigenic stimulation...
November 6, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105052/differences-in-activation-and-tissue-homing-markers-of-natural-killer-cell-subsets-during-acute-dengue-infection
#14
Rassamon Keawvichit, Ladawan Khowawisetsut, Sakaorat Lertjuthaporn, Kanchana Tangnararatchakit, Nopporn Apiwattanakul, Sutee Yoksan, Ampaiwan Chuansumrit, Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, Aftab A Ansari, Nattawat Onlamoon, Kovit Pattanapanyasat
Dengue virus (DENV) infection is considered as one of the most important mosquito-borne diseases. It causes a spectrum of illness that could be due to qualitative and/or quantitative difference(s) of the natural killer (NK)-cell responses during acute DENV infection. This view prompted us to perform a detailed phenotypic comparative characterization of NK cell subsets from DENV-infected patients with dengue fever (DF), dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and healthy controls. The activation/differentiation molecules, CD69 and CD57 and a variety of tissue homing molecules were analyzed on the CD56(hi) CD16(-) and CD56(lo) CD16(+) NK cells...
November 4, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080364/comparative-analysis-of-murine-t-cell-receptor-repertoires
#15
REVIEW
Mark Izraelson, Tatiana O Nakonechnaya, Bruno Moltedo, Evgeniy S Egorov, Sofya A Kasatskaya, Ekaterina V Putintseva, Ilgar Z Mamedov, Dmitriy B Staroverov, Irina I Shemiakina, Maria Y Zakharova, Alexey N Davydov, Dmitriy A Bolotin, Mikhail Shugay, Dmitriy M Chudakov, Alexander Y Rudensky, Olga V Britanova
On the way of understanding the rules and laws of adaptive immunity, high-throughput profiling of TCR repertoires becomes a powerful tool. The structure of TCR repertoires is insightful and instructive even before antigen specificity of each particular receptor becomes available. It embodies information about the thymic and peripheral selection of T cells, about the readiness of an adaptive immunity to withstand new challenges, about the character, the magnitude, and the memory of immune response, and about the etiological and functional proximity of T cell subsets...
October 28, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068058/defining-a-standard-and-weighted-mathematical-index-for-maturation-of-dendritic-cells
#16
Abdolamir Landi, Mohammad Tayfeh Aligodarzi, Ali Khodadadi, Lorne A Babiuk, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk
The concept of dendritic cell (DC) maturation generally refers to the changes in morphology and function of DCs. Conventionally, DC maturity is based on three criteria: loss of endocytic ability, gain of high-level capacity to present antigens and induce proliferation of T cells, and mobility of DCs toward high concentrations of CCL19. Impairment of DC maturation has been suggested as the main reason for infectivity or chronicity of several infectious agents. In the case of hepatitis C virus, this has been a matter of controversy for the last two decades...
October 25, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067686/association-between-gm-hla-and-killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptors-and-the-natural-course-of-hcmv-infection-a-pilot-study-performed-in-sicilian-population
#17
Danilo Di Bona, Giulia Accardi, Anna Aiello, Massimo Bilancia, Giuseppina Candore, Claudia Colomba, Calogero Caruso, Giovanni Duro, Caterina M Gambino, Luigi Macchia, Janardan P Pandey
Natural killer (NK) cells provide a major defence against cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection through the interaction of their surface receptors, including the activating and inhibitory killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs), and human leukocyte antigens (HLA) class I molecules. Also GM allotypes, able to influence the NK antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), appear to be involved in the immunological control of virus infections, including HCMV. In some cases, their contribution requires epistatic interaction with other genes of the immune system, such as HLA...
October 25, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064085/the-biology-of-natural-killer-cells-during-sepsis
#18
REVIEW
Yin Guo, Naeem K Patil, Liming Luan, Julia K Bohannon, Edward R Sherwood
Natural killer (NK) cells are large granular lymphocytes largely recognized for their importance in tumor surveillance and the host response to viral infections. However, as the major innate lymphocyte population, NK cells also coordinate early responses to bacterial infections by amplifying the antimicrobial functions of myeloid cells, especially macrophages, by production of IFNγ. Alternatively, excessive NK cell activation and IFNγ production can amplify the systemic inflammatory response during sepsis resulting in increased physiologic dysfunction and organ injury...
October 24, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055116/inhaled-cryptococcus-neoformans-elicits-allergic-airway-inflammation-independent-of-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-in-lung-epithelial-cells
#19
Andrew J McDermott, Tyler A Tumey, Mingwei Huang, Christina M Hull, Bruce S Klein
Pulmonary challenge with the ubiquitous fungus Cryptococcus neoformans results in allergic airway inflammation (AAI) characterized by robust recruitment of eosinophils and T-cells producing type 2 cytokines to the lungs. Previous studies have demonstrated a critical role for NFκB activation within lung epithelial cells (LECs) in driving AAI in response to protein allergens, yet the role of LEC-intrinsic NFκB in promoting AAI following exposure to C. neoformans is poorly understood. To investigate the role of LEC-intrinsic NFκB in promoting AAI following C...
October 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044495/urban-particulate-matter-stimulation-of-human-dendritic-cells-enhances-priming-of-na%C3%A3-ve-cd8-t-lymphocytes
#20
Paul E Pfeffer, Tzer R Ho, Elizabeth H Mann, Frank J Kelly, Maria Sehlstedt, Jamshid Pourazar, Rosamund E Dove, Thomas Sandstrom, Ian S Mudway, Catherine M Hawrylowicz
Epidemiological studies have consistently shown associations between elevated concentrations of urban particulate matter (UPM) air pollution and exacerbations of asthma and COPD, which are both associated with viral respiratory infections. The effects of urban PM on dendritic cell (DC) stimulated CD4 T lymphocytes have been investigated previously, however little work has focused on CD8 T lymphocyte responses despite their importance in anti-viral immunity. To address this, we examined the effects of UPM on DC-stimulated naïve CD8 T cell responses...
October 16, 2017: Immunology
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