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Zhanna Shubin, Yutaka Tagaya, Bhawna Poonia
Rhesus macaque is an important animal model for studies testing interventions like antibody therapeutics; as such knowledge of inter-individual variations in function of genes affecting antibody recycling is important for optimal experimental design. Neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), a heterodimer composed of FCGRT and β2-m chains, plays critical role in extending catabolic half-life of IgG. We studied genomic polymorphisms in rhesus macaque FcRn and asked if they are functional by assessing correlations with serum IgG or β2-m levels...
August 7, 2017: Immunogenetics
Stefanie Memmer, Sandra Weil, Joachim Koch
The activating natural cytotoxicity receptors on natural killer (NK) cells play a fundamental role in immunosurveillance of infections and cancer. Phylogenetic analyses showed that NKp30 is highly conserved in almost all jawed vertebrates and thus, represents one of the most ancient NK cell receptors. However, in contrast to other higher vertebrates, NKp30 is only a pseudogene in mouse, which contains two premature stop codons. To decipher the evolutionary role and biological function of NKp30 in mouse, we removed these premature stop codons and expressed the putative mouse NKp30 (mNKp30) protein as soluble Fc fusion construct and as full-length receptor on A5-GFP reporter cells...
August 7, 2017: Immunogenetics
Nicolas De Neuter, Wout Bittremieux, Charlie Beirnaert, Bart Cuypers, Aida Mrzic, Pieter Moris, Arvid Suls, Viggo Van Tendeloo, Benson Ogunjimi, Kris Laukens, Pieter Meysman
Current T cell epitope prediction tools are a valuable resource in designing targeted immunogenicity experiments. They typically focus on, and are able to, accurately predict peptide binding and presentation by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules on the surface of antigen-presenting cells. However, recognition of the peptide-MHC complex by a T cell receptor (TCR) is often not included in these tools. We developed a classification approach based on random forest classifiers to predict recognition of a peptide by a T cell receptor and discover patterns that contribute to recognition...
August 4, 2017: Immunogenetics
Piotr Minias, Zachary W Bateson, Linda A Whittingham, Jeff A Johnson, Sara Oyler-McCance, Peter O Dunn
Gene polymorphisms shared between recently diverged species are thought to be widespread and most commonly reflect introgression from hybridization or retention of ancestral polymorphism through incomplete lineage sorting. Shared genetic diversity resulting from incomplete lineage sorting is usually maintained for a relatively short period of time, but under strong balancing selection it may persist for millions of years beyond species divergence (balanced trans-species polymorphism), as in the case of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes...
August 2, 2017: Immunogenetics
M Scott Killian, Fernando Teque, Ramu Sudhagoni
CD8(+) T lymphocytes can reduce the production of human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) by CD4(+) T cells by cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic mechanisms. To investigate the involvement of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I compatibility in anti-HIV responses, we co-cultured primary CD8(+) T cells, isolated from the peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected individuals, with panels of autologous and heterologous acutely HIV-1-infected primary CD4(+) T cells. Altogether, CD8(+) T cell anti-HIV activity was evaluated in more than 200 co-cultures...
July 22, 2017: Immunogenetics
Gry Persson, Wenna Nascimento Melsted, Line Lynge Nilsson, Thomas Vauvert F Hviid
The HLA class Ib genes, HLA-E, HLA-F, and HLA-G, were discovered long after the classical HLA class Ia genes. The elucidation of their functions had a modest beginning. However, their basic functions and involvement in pathophysiology and a range of diseases are now emerging. Although results from a range of studies support the functional roles for the HLA class Ib molecules in adult life, especially HLA-G and HLA-F have most intensively been, and were also primarily, studied in relation to reproduction and pregnancy...
July 11, 2017: Immunogenetics
Alison Caldwell, Hannah V Siddle
The Tasmanian devil, a marsupial species endemic to the island of Tasmania, harbours two contagious cancers, Devil Facial Tumour 1 (DFT1) and Devil Facial Tumour 2 (DFT2). These cancers pass between individuals in the population via the direct transfer of tumour cells, resulting in the growth of large tumours around the face and neck of affected animals. While these cancers are rare, a contagious cancer also exists in dogs and five contagious cancers circulate in bivalves. The ability of tumour cells to emerge and transmit in mammals is surprising as these cells are an allograft and should be rejected due to incompatibility between Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) genes...
July 11, 2017: Immunogenetics
Arieke S B Kampstra, René E M Toes
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic auto-immune disease primarily targeting the joints. Approximately 1% of the population is affected by RA, and despite the improvements in therapeutic interventions, elucidation of the disease pathogenesis is still in its infancy. RA patients can be subdivided on basis of the presence of autoantibodies, especially anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). ACPA(+) and ACPA(-) disease most likely differ in aetiology, as different genetic and environmental risk factors are associated with these two disease entities...
July 11, 2017: Immunogenetics
Paola Carrillo-Bustamante, Rob J de Boer, Can Keşmir
The activity of natural killer (NK) cells is tightly regulated by inhibitory and activating receptors. Inhibitory killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (iKIRs) survey the surface of target cells by monitoring the expression of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I. The binding of iKIRs has been shown to be sensitive to the peptides presented by HLA class I, implying that iKIRs have the ability to detect the changes in the repertoire of peptide-HLA class I complexes (pHLA), a process occurring during viral infection and in tumor cells...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Minjie Fu, Bruce Waldman
Chytridiomycosis, caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been implicated in population declines and species extinctions of amphibians around the world. Susceptibility to the disease varies both within and among species, most likely attributable to heritable immunogenetic variation. Analyses of transcriptional expression in hosts following their infection by Bd reveal complex responses. Species resistant to Bd generally show evidence of stronger innate and adaptive immune system responses...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Zachary A Silver, David I Watkins
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains among the most significant public health threats worldwide. Despite three decades of research following the discovery of HIV, a preventive vaccine remains elusive. The study of HIV elite controllers has been crucial to elaborate the genetic and immunologic determinants that underlie control of HIV replication. Coordinated studies of elite control in humans have, however, been limited by variability among infecting viral strains, host genotype, and the uncertainty of the timing and route of infection...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Francesco Colucci
Combinations of KIR and HLA genes associate with pregnancy complications as well as with many other clinical scenarios. Understanding how certain KIR and HLA genes influence the biology of a disease is, however, a formidable challenge. These are the two most variable gene families in the human genome. Moreover, the biology of a disease is best understood by studying the cells of the affected tissue. Natural Killer (NK) cells express KIR and are the most abundant leukocytes in the uterus. Most of our knowledge of NK cells is based on what we have learned from cells isolated from blood, but these are different from their tissue resident counterparts, including uterine NK (uNK) cells...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Patricia T Illing, Anthony W Purcell, James McCluskey
Genetic polymorphism in the genes encoding the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecules enables presentation of a wide range peptide ligands thus maximising immune surveillance of pathogens. A consequence of the diversification of the HLA Ag-binding pocket is the enhanced opportunity for off-target binding of small drugs by HLA molecules, with subsequent immune reactivity. These potential off-target interactions are 'set up' to generate T cell-mediated adverse drug reactions even though the precise mechanisms of most HLA-drug interactions are still poorly understood...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Anthony B Wilson
The adaptive immune system has long been considered a key evolutionary innovation of the vertebrates, the product of two rounds of genome duplication that gave rise to the raw material necessary for the evolution of a highly specific immune response and immune memory. While comparative studies of a small number of model organisms have led to the commonly held view that the adaptive immune system has remained relatively static since its origin, recent studies of non-model organisms are challenging this notion, highlighting the fact that we have only begun to scratch the surface in terms of our understanding of immune system diversity...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Natasja G de Groot, Corinne M C Heijmans, Ronald E Bontrop
The ancestral progenitor of common chimpanzees and bonobos experienced a selective sweep that ravaged its major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I repertoire. The causative agent was probably an ancestral retrovirus, highly related to the contemporary HIV-1 strain, which initiated the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome pandemic in the human population. As a direct result, MHC class I allotypes with the capability of targeting conserved retroviral elements were enriched in the ancestral progenitor. Even today, the impact can be traced back by studying the functional capacities of the contemporary MHC class I allotypes of common chimpanzees...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Ronald E Bontrop
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July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
Toshinori Saka, Yoshinori Nishita, Ryuichi Masuda
Isolated populations of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) on Tsushima and Iriomote islands in Japan are classified as subspecies P. b. euptilurus and P. b. iriomotensis, respectively. Because both populations have decreased to roughly 100, an understanding of their genetic diversity is essential for conservation. We genotyped MHC class II DRB exon 2 and MHC-linked microsatellite loci to evaluate the diversity of MHC genes in the Tsushima and Iriomote cat populations. We detected ten and four DRB alleles in these populations, respectively...
July 9, 2017: Immunogenetics
Diogo Meyer, Vitor R C Aguiar, Bárbara D Bitarello, Débora Y C Brandt, Kelly Nunes
Several decades of research have convincingly shown that classical human leukocyte antigen (HLA) loci bear signatures of natural selection. Despite this conclusion, many questions remain regarding the type of selective regime acting on these loci, the time frame at which selection acts, and the functional connections between genetic variability and natural selection. In this review, we argue that genomic datasets, in particular those generated by next-generation sequencing (NGS) at the population scale, are transforming our understanding of HLA evolution...
July 7, 2017: Immunogenetics
Lilit Hovhannisyan, Ani Stepanyan, Arsen Arakelyan
Individual susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is conditioned by genetic factors, and association between this disorder and polymorphisms of several genes have been shown. The aim of this study was to explore a potential association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) of the IL-1β gene (IL1B) and PTSD. In genomic DNA samples of PTSD-affected and healthy subjects, the rs16944, rs1143634, rs2853550, rs1143643, and rs1143633 SNPs of IL1B gene have been genotyped. The results obtained demonstrated that IL1B rs1143633*C and rs16944*A minor allele frequency were significantly lower in patients than in controls...
July 5, 2017: Immunogenetics
Yuanyuan Cheng, Adam Polkinghorne, Amber Gillett, Elizabeth A Jones, Denis O'Meally, Peter Timms, Katherine Belov
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) populations are on the decline across the majority of Australia's mainland. Two major diseases threatening the long-term survival of affected koala populations are caused by obligate intracellular pathogens: Chlamydia and koala retrovirus (KoRV). To improve our understanding of the koala immune system, we characterised their major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I genes, which are centrally involved in presenting foreign peptides derived from intracellular pathogens to cytotoxic T cells...
July 1, 2017: Immunogenetics
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