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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213513/runx1-cooperates-with-flt3-itd-to-induce-leukemia
#1
Kira Behrens, Katrin Maul, Nilgün Tekin, Neele Kriebitzsch, Daniela Indenbirken, Vladimir Prassolov, Ursula Müller, Hubert Serve, Jörg Cammenga, Carol Stocking
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is induced by the cooperative action of deregulated genes that perturb self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation. Internal tandem duplications (ITDs) in the FLT3 receptor tyrosine kinase are common mutations in AML, confer poor prognosis, and stimulate myeloproliferation. AML patient samples with FLT3-ITD express high levels of RUNX1, a transcription factor with known tumor-suppressor function. In this study, to understand this paradox, we investigated the impact of RUNX1 and FLT3-ITD coexpression...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213512/27-hydroxycholesterol-impairs-neuronal-glucose-uptake-through-an-irap-glut4-system-dysregulation
#2
Muhammad-Al-Mustafa Ismail, Laura Mateos, Silvia Maioli, Paula Merino-Serrais, Zeina Ali, Maria Lodeiro, Eric Westman, Eran Leitersdorf, Balázs Gulyás, Lars Olof-Wahlund, Bengt Winblad, Irina Savitcheva, Ingemar Björkhem, Angel Cedazo-Mínguez
Hypercholesterolemia is associated with cognitively deteriorated states. Here, we show that excess 27-hydroxycholesterol (27-OH), a cholesterol metabolite passing from the circulation into the brain, reduced in vivo brain glucose uptake, GLUT4 expression, and spatial memory. Furthermore, patients exhibiting higher 27-OH levels had reduced (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake. This interplay between 27-OH and glucose uptake revealed the engagement of the insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP). 27-OH increased the levels and activity of IRAP, countered the IRAP antagonist angiotensin IV (AngIV)-mediated glucose uptake, and enhanced the levels of the AngIV-degrading enzyme aminopeptidase N (AP-N)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209726/therapeutic-targeting-of-the-pathological-triad-of-extrasynaptic-nmda-receptor-signaling-in-neurodegenerations
#3
REVIEW
Hilmar Bading
Activation of extrasynaptic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors causes neurodegeneration and cell death. The disease mechanism involves a pathological triad consisting of mitochondrial dysfunction, loss of integrity of neuronal structures and connectivity, and disruption of excitation-transcription coupling caused by CREB (cyclic adenosine monophosphate-responsive element-binding protein) shut-off and nuclear accumulation of class IIa histone deacetylases. Interdependency within the triad fuels an accelerating disease progression that culminates in failure of mitochondrial energy production and cell loss...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209725/soluble-trem2-induces-inflammatory-responses-and-enhances-microglial-survival
#4
Li Zhong, Xiao-Fen Chen, Tingting Wang, Zhe Wang, Chunyan Liao, Zongqi Wang, Ruizhi Huang, Daxin Wang, Xinxiu Li, Linbei Wu, Lin Jia, Honghua Zheng, Meghan Painter, Yuka Atagi, Chia-Chen Liu, Yun-Wu Zhang, John D Fryer, Huaxi Xu, Guojun Bu
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) is an innate immune receptor expressed in microglia in the brain. A soluble form of TREM2 (sTREM2) derived from proteolytic cleavage of the cell surface receptor is increased in the preclinical stages of AD and positively correlates with the amounts of total and phosphorylated tau in the cerebrospinal fluid. However, the physiological and pathological functions of sTREM2 remain unknown. Here, we show that sTREM2 promotes microglial survival in a PI3K/Akt-dependent manner and stimulates the production of inflammatory cytokines depending on NF-κB...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202494/fumarate-hydratase-is-a-critical-metabolic-regulator-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-functions
#5
Amelie V Guitart, Theano I Panagopoulou, Arnaud Villacreces, Milica Vukovic, Catarina Sepulveda, Lewis Allen, Roderick N Carter, Louie N van de Lagemaat, Marcos Morgan, Peter Giles, Zuzanna Sas, Marta Vila Gonzalez, Hannah Lawson, Jasmin Paris, Joy Edwards-Hicks, Katrin Schaak, Chithra Subramani, Deniz Gezer, Alejandro Armesilla-Diaz, Jimi Wills, Aaron Easterbrook, David Coman, Chi Wai Eric So, Donal O'Carroll, Douglas Vernimmen, Neil P Rodrigues, Patrick J Pollard, Nicholas M Morton, Andrew Finch, Kamil R Kranc
Strict regulation of stem cell metabolism is essential for tissue functions and tumor suppression. In this study, we investigated the role of fumarate hydratase (Fh1), a key component of the mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle and cytosolic fumarate metabolism, in normal and leukemic hematopoiesis. Hematopoiesis-specific Fh1 deletion (resulting in endogenous fumarate accumulation and a genetic TCA cycle block reflected by decreased maximal mitochondrial respiration) caused lethal fetal liver hematopoietic defects and hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) failure...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190001/genetic-analysis-of-ikaros-target-genes-and-tumor-suppressor-function-in-bcr-abl1-pre-b-all
#6
Hilde Schjerven, Etapong F Ayongaba, Ali Aghajanirefah, Jami McLaughlin, Donghui Cheng, Huimin Geng, Joseph R Boyd, Linn M Eggesbø, Ida Lindeman, Jessica L Heath, Eugene Park, Owen N Witte, Stephen T Smale, Seth Frietze, Markus Müschen
Inactivation of the tumor suppressor gene encoding the transcriptional regulator Ikaros (IKZF1) is a hallmark of BCR-ABL1(+) precursor B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (pre-B ALL). However, the mechanisms by which Ikaros functions as a tumor suppressor in pre-B ALL remain poorly understood. Here, we analyzed a mouse model of BCR-ABL1(+) pre-B ALL together with a new model of inducible expression of wild-type Ikaros in IKZF1 mutant human BCR-ABL1(+) pre-B ALL. We performed integrated genome-wide chromatin and expression analyses and identified Ikaros target genes in mouse and human BCR-ABL1(+) pre-B ALL, revealing novel conserved gene pathways associated with Ikaros tumor suppressor function...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190000/conserved-ikaros-regulated-genes-associated-with-b-progenitor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-outcome
#7
Matthew T Witkowski, Yifang Hu, Kathryn G Roberts, Judith M Boer, Mark D McKenzie, Grace J Liu, Oliver D Le Grice, Cedric S Tremblay, Margherita Ghisi, Tracy A Willson, Martin A Horstmann, Iannis Aifantis, Luisa Cimmino, Seth Frietze, Monique L den Boer, Charles G Mullighan, Gordon K Smyth, Ross A Dickins
Genetic alterations disrupting the transcription factor IKZF1 (encoding IKAROS) are associated with poor outcome in B lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) and occur in >70% of the high-risk BCR-ABL1(+) (Ph(+)) and Ph-like disease subtypes. To examine IKAROS function in this context, we have developed novel mouse models allowing reversible RNAi-based control of Ikaros expression in established B-ALL in vivo. Notably, leukemias driven by combined BCR-ABL1 expression and Ikaros suppression rapidly regress when endogenous Ikaros is restored, causing sustained disease remission or ablation...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183734/skap2-is-required-for-%C3%AE-2-integrin-mediated-neutrophil-recruitment-and-functions
#8
Mark Boras, Stephanie Volmering, Arne Bokemeyer, Jan Rossaint, Helena Block, Bernadette Bardel, Veerle Van Marck, Barbara Heitplatz, Stefanie Kliche, Annegret Reinhold, Clifford Lowell, Alexander Zarbock
Integrin activation is required for neutrophil functions. Impaired integrin activation on neutrophils is the hallmark of leukocyte adhesion deficiency (LAD) syndrome in humans, characterized by impaired leukocyte recruitment and recurrent infections. The Src kinase-associated phosphoprotein 2 (Skap2) is involved in integrin functions in different leukocyte subtypes. However, the role of Skap2 in β2 integrin activation and neutrophil recruitment is unknown. In this study, we demonstrate the crucial role of Skap2 in regulating actin polymerization and binding of talin-1 and kindlin-3 to the β2 integrin cytoplasmic domain, thereby being indispensable for β2 integrin activation and neutrophil recruitment...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183733/neuronal-ctgf-ccn2-negatively-regulates-myelination-in-a-mouse-model-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#9
Ebru Ercan, Juliette M Han, Alessia Di Nardo, Kellen Winden, Min-Joon Han, Leonie Hoyo, Afshin Saffari, Andrew Leask, Daniel H Geschwind, Mustafa Sahin
Disruption of myelination during development has been implicated in a range of neurodevelopmental disorders including tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). TSC patients with autism display impairments in white matter integrity. Similarly, mice lacking neuronal Tsc1 have a hypomyelination phenotype. However, the mechanisms that underlie these phenotypes remain unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that neuronal TSC1/2 orchestrates a program of oligodendrocyte maturation through the regulated secretion of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF)...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179379/rag1-2-induces-genomic-insertions-by-mobilizing-dna-into-rag1-2-independent-breaks
#10
Philipp C Rommel, Thiago Y Oliveira, Michel C Nussenzweig, Davide F Robbiani
The RAG recombinase (RAG1/2) plays an essential role in adaptive immunity by mediating V(D)J recombination in developing lymphocytes. In contrast, aberrant RAG1/2 activity promotes lymphocyte malignancies by causing chromosomal translocations and DNA deletions at cancer genes. RAG1/2 can also induce genomic DNA insertions by transposition and trans-V(D)J recombination, but only few such putative events have been documented in vivo. We used next-generation sequencing techniques to examine chromosomal rearrangements in primary murine B cells and discovered that RAG1/2 causes aberrant insertions by releasing cleaved antibody gene fragments that subsequently reintegrate into DNA breaks induced on a heterologous chromosome...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159798/destabilizing-the-autoinhibitory-conformation-of-zap70-induces-up-regulation-of-inhibitory-receptors-and-t-cell-unresponsiveness
#11
Lih-Yun Hsu, Debra A Cheng, Yiling Chen, Hong-Erh Liang, Arthur Weiss
Zap70 plays a critical role in normal T cell development and T cell function. However, little is known about how perturbation of allosteric autoinhibitory mechanisms in Zap70 impacts T cell biology. Here, we analyze mice with a hypermorphic Zap70 mutation, W131A, which destabilizes the autoinhibitory conformation of Zap70, rendering the kinase in a semiactive state. W131A mutant mice with wild-type T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires exhibited relatively normal T cell development. However, crossing the W131A mutant mice to OTII TCR transgenic mice resulted in increased negative selection of OTII(+) thymocytes and in increased thymic and peripheral T regulatory cells...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148688/extl3-mutations-cause-skeletal-dysplasia-immune-deficiency-and-developmental-delay
#12
Stefano Volpi, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Patrick M Brauer, Ellen van Rooijen, Atsuko Hayashida, Anne Slavotinek, Hye Sun Kuehn, Maja Di Rocco, Carlo Rivolta, Ileana Bortolomai, Likun Du, Kerstin Felgentreff, Lisa Ott de Bruin, Kazutaka Hayashida, George Freedman, Genni Enza Marcovecchio, Kelly Capuder, Prisni Rath, Nicole Luche, Elliott J Hagedorn, Antonella Buoncompagni, Beryl Royer-Bertrand, Silvia Giliani, Pietro Luigi Poliani, Luisa Imberti, Kerry Dobbs, Fabienne E Poulain, Alberto Martini, John Manis, Robert J Linhardt, Marita Bosticardo, Sergio Damian Rosenzweig, Hane Lee, Jennifer M Puck, Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Leonard Zon, Pyong Woo Park, Andrea Superti-Furga, Luigi D Notarangelo
We studied three patients with severe skeletal dysplasia, T cell immunodeficiency, and developmental delay. Whole-exome sequencing revealed homozygous missense mutations affecting exostosin-like 3 (EXTL3), a glycosyltransferase involved in heparan sulfate (HS) biosynthesis. Patient-derived fibroblasts showed abnormal HS composition and altered fibroblast growth factor 2 signaling, which was rescued by overexpression of wild-type EXTL3 cDNA. Interleukin-2-mediated STAT5 phosphorylation in patients' lymphocytes was markedly reduced...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143955/the-eph-related-tyrosine-kinase-ligand-ephrin-b1-marks-germinal-center-and-memory-precursor-b-cells
#13
Brian J Laidlaw, Timothy H Schmidt, Jesse A Green, Christopher D C Allen, Takaharu Okada, Jason G Cyster
Identification of germinal center (GC) B cells is typically reliant on the use of surface activation markers that exhibit a wide range of expression. Here, we identify Ephrin-B1, a ligand for Eph-related receptor tyrosine kinases, as a specific marker of mature GC B cells. The number of Ephrin-B1(+) GC B cells increases during the course of an immune response with Ephrin-B1(+) GC B cells displaying elevated levels of Bcl6, S1pr2, and Aicda relative to their Ephrin-B1(-) counterparts. We further identified a small proportion of recently dividing, somatically mutated Ephrin-B1(+) GC B cells that have begun to down-regulate Bcl6 and S1pr2 and express markers associated with memory B cells, such as CD38 and EBI2...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130404/tissue-reservoirs-of-antiviral-t-cell-immunity-in-persistent-human-cmv-infection
#14
Claire L Gordon, Michelle Miron, Joseph J C Thome, Nobuhide Matsuoka, Joshua Weiner, Michael A Rak, Suzu Igarashi, Tomer Granot, Harvey Lerner, Felicia Goodrum, Donna L Farber
T cell responses to viruses are initiated and maintained in tissue sites; however, knowledge of human antiviral T cells is largely derived from blood. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) persists in most humans, requires T cell immunity to control, yet tissue immune responses remain undefined. Here, we investigated human CMV-specific T cells, virus persistence and CMV-associated T cell homeostasis in blood, lymphoid, mucosal and secretory tissues of 44 CMV seropositive and 28 seronegative donors. CMV-specific T cells were maintained in distinct distribution patterns, highest in blood, bone marrow (BM), or lymph nodes (LN), with the frequency and function in blood distinct from tissues...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130403/suppression-of-lethal-autoimmunity-by-regulatory-t-cells-with-a-single-tcr-specificity
#15
Andrew G Levine, Saskia Hemmers, Antonio P Baptista, Michail Schizas, Mehlika B Faire, Bruno Moltedo, Catherine Konopacki, Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Ronald N Germain, Piper M Treuting, Alexander Y Rudensky
The regulatory T cell (T reg cell) T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire is highly diverse and skewed toward recognition of self-antigens. TCR expression by T reg cells is continuously required for maintenance of immune tolerance and for a major part of their characteristic gene expression signature; however, it remains unknown to what degree diverse TCR-mediated interactions with cognate self-antigens are required for these processes. In this study, by experimentally switching the T reg cell TCR repertoire to a single T reg cell TCR, we demonstrate that T reg cell function and gene expression can be partially uncoupled from TCR diversity...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126831/erbin-deficiency-links-stat3-and-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-defects-with-atopy-in-humans
#16
J J Lyons, Y Liu, C A Ma, X Yu, M P O'Connell, M G Lawrence, Y Zhang, K Karpe, M Zhao, A M Siegel, K D Stone, C Nelson, N Jones, T DiMaggio, D N Darnell, E Mendoza-Caamal, L Orozco, J D Hughes, J McElwee, R J Hohman, P A Frischmeyer-Guerrerio, M E Rothenberg, A F Freeman, S M Holland, J D Milner
Nonimmunological connective tissue phenotypes in humans are common among some congenital and acquired allergic diseases. Several of these congenital disorders have been associated with either increased TGF-β activity or impaired STAT3 activation, suggesting that these pathways might intersect and that their disruption may contribute to atopy. In this study, we show that STAT3 negatively regulates TGF-β signaling via ERBB2-interacting protein (ERBIN), a SMAD anchor for receptor activation and SMAD2/3 binding protein...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104811/correction-in-vivo-ncl-targeting-affects-breast-cancer-aggressiveness-through-mirna-regulation
#17
Flavia Pichiorri, Dario Palmieri, Luciana De Luca, Jessica Consiglio, Jia You, Alberto Rocci, Tiffany Talabere, Claudia Piovan, Alessandro Lagana, Luciano Cascione, Jingwen Guan, Pierluigi Gasparini, Veronica Balatti, Gerard Nuovo, Vincenzo Coppola, Craig C Hofmeister, Guido Marcucci, John C Byrd, Stefano Volinia, Charles L Shapiro, Michael A Freitas, Carlo M Croce
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115575/the-egr2-targets-lag-3-and-4-1bb-describe-and-regulate-dysfunctional-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cells-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#18
Jason B Williams, Brendan L Horton, Yan Zheng, Yukan Duan, Jonathan D Powell, Thomas F Gajewski
Although the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) indicates an endogenous antitumor response, immune regulatory pathways can subvert the effector phase and enable tumor escape. Negative regulatory pathways include extrinsic suppression mechanisms, but also a T cell-intrinsic dysfunctional state. A more detailed study has been hampered by a lack of cell surface markers defining tumor-specific dysfunctional TILs, and PD-1 alone is not sufficient. Recently, we identified the transcription factor Egr2 as a critical component in controlling the anergic state in vitro...
February 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108590/human-immunity-against-ebv-lessons-from-the-clinic
#19
REVIEW
Stuart G Tangye, Umaimainthan Palendira, Emily S J Edwards
The mammalian immune system has evolved over many millennia to be best equipped to protect the host from pathogen infection. In many cases, host and pathogen have coevolved, each acquiring sophisticated ways of inducing or protecting from disease. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a human herpes virus that infects >90% of individuals. Despite its ubiquity, infection by EBV is often subclinical; this invariably reflects the necessity of the virus to preserve its host, balanced with sophisticated host immune mechanisms that maintain viral latency...
February 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104812/antibody-secreting-plasma-cells-persist-for-decades-in-human-intestine
#20
Ole J B Landsverk, Omri Snir, Raquel Bartolomé Casado, Lisa Richter, Jeff E Mold, Pedro Réu, Rune Horneland, Vemund Paulsen, Sheraz Yaqub, Einar Martin Aandahl, Ole M Øyen, Hildur Sif Thorarensen, Mehran Salehpour, Göran Possnert, Jonas Frisén, Ludvig M Sollid, Espen S Baekkevold, Frode L Jahnsen
Plasma cells (PCs) produce antibodies that mediate immunity after infection or vaccination. In contrast to PCs in the bone marrow, PCs in the gut have been considered short lived. In this study, we studied PC dynamics in the human small intestine by cell-turnover analysis in organ transplants and by retrospective cell birth dating measuring carbon-14 in genomic DNA. We identified three distinct PC subsets: a CD19(+) PC subset was dynamically exchanged, whereas of two CD19(-) PC subsets, CD45(+) PCs exhibited little and CD45(-) PCs no replacement and had a median age of 11 and 22 yr, respectively...
February 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
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