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Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903743/uric-acid-crystals-induce-placental-inflammation-and-alter-trophoblast-function-via-an-il-1-dependent-pathway-implications-for-fetal-growth-restriction
#1
Marie-Eve Brien, Cyntia Duval, Julia Palacios, Ines Boufaied, Andrée-Anne Hudon-Thibeault, Mathieu Nadeau-Vallée, Cathy Vaillancourt, Colin P Sibley, Vikki M Abrahams, Rebecca L Jones, Sylvie Girard
Excessive placental inflammation is associated with several pathological conditions, including stillbirth and fetal growth restriction. Although infection is a known cause of inflammation, a significant proportion of pregnancies have evidence of inflammation without any detectable infection. Inflammation can also be triggered by endogenous mediators, called damage associated molecular patterns or alarmins. One of these damage-associated molecular patterns, uric acid, is increased in the maternal circulation in pathological pregnancies and is a known agonist of the Nlrp3 inflammasome and inducer of inflammation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903742/p2y6-receptor-antagonist-mrs2578-inhibits-neutrophil-activation-and-aggregated-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-induced-by-gout-associated-monosodium-urate-crystals
#2
Payel Sil, Craig P Hayes, Barbara J Reaves, Patrick Breen, Shannon Quinn, Jeremy Sokolove, Balázs Rada
Human neutrophils (polymorphonuclear leukocytes [PMNs]) generate inflammatory responses within the joints of gout patients upon encountering monosodium urate (MSU) crystals. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are found abundantly in the synovial fluid of gout patients. The detailed mechanism of MSU crystal-induced NET formation remains unknown. Our goal was to shed light on possible roles of purinergic signaling and neutrophil migration in mediating NET formation induced by MSU crystals. Interaction of human neutrophils with MSU crystals was evaluated by high-throughput live imaging using confocal microscopy...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903741/whole-killed-blood-stage-vaccine-induced-immunity-suppresses-the-development-of-malaria-parasites-in-mosquitoes
#3
Feng Zhu, Taiping Liu, Chenhao Zhao, Xiao Lu, Jian Zhang, Wenyue Xu
As a malaria transmission-blocking vaccine alone does not confer a direct benefit to the recipient, it is necessary to develop a vaccine that not only blocks malaria transmission but also protects vaccinated individuals. In this study we observed that a whole-killed blood-stage vaccine (WKV) not only conferred protection against the blood-stage challenge but also markedly inhibited the transmission of different strains of the malaria parasite. Although the parasitemia is much lower in WKV-immunized mice challenged with malaria parasites, the gametocytemia is comparable between control and immunized mice during the early stages of infection...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903740/protective-t-cell-responses-featured-by-concordant-recognition-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-derived-cd8-t-cell-epitopes-and-host-mhc
#4
William J Liu, Jiaming Lan, Kefang Liu, Yao Deng, Yanfeng Yao, Shaolian Wu, Hong Chen, Lingling Bao, Haifeng Zhang, Min Zhao, Qihui Wang, Lingxia Han, Yan Chai, Jianxun Qi, Jincun Zhao, Songdong Meng, Chuan Qin, George F Gao, Wenjie Tan
The coordinated recognition of virus-derived T cell epitopes and MHC molecules by T cells plays a pivotal role in cellular immunity-mediated virus clearance. It has been demonstrated that the conformation of MHC class I (MHC I) molecules can be adjusted by the presented peptide, which impacts T cell activation. However, it is still largely unknown whether the conformational shift of MHC I influences the protective effect of virus-specific T cells. In this study, utilizing the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus-infected mouse model, we observed that through the unusual secondary anchor Ile5, a CD8(+) T cell epitope drove the conformational fit of Trp(73) on the α1 helix of murine MHC I H-2K(d) In vitro renaturation and circular dichroism assays indicated that this shift of the structure did not influence the peptide/MHC I binding affinity...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903739/homocysteine-activates-b-cells-via-regulating-pkm2-dependent-metabolic-reprogramming
#5
Jiacheng Deng, Silin Lü, Huiying Liu, Bo Liu, Changtao Jiang, Qingbo Xu, Juan Feng, Xian Wang
The overactivation of immune cells plays an important role in the pathogenesis of hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy)-accelerated atherosclerosis. Homocysteine (Hcy) activates B cell proliferation and Ab secretion; however, the underlying mechanisms for these effects remain largely unknown. Metabolic reprogramming is critical for lymphocyte activation and effector function. In this study, we showed that Hcy-activated B cells displayed an increase in both oxidative phosphorylation and glycolysis, with a tendency to shift toward the latter, as well as an accumulation of intermediates in the pentose phosphate pathway, to provide energy and biosynthetic substrates for cell growth and function...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903738/tgf-%C3%AE-controls-the-formation-of-kidney-resident-t-cells-via-promoting-effector-t-cell-extravasation
#6
Chaoyu Ma, Shruti Mishra, Erika L Demel, Yong Liu, Nu Zhang
Tissue-resident memory T (TRM) cells, a population of noncirculating memory T cells, are one of the essential components of immunological memory in both mouse and human. Although CD69(+)CD103(+) TRM cells represent a major TRM cell population in barrier tissues including the mucosal surface and the skin, CD69(+)CD103(-) TRM cells dominate most nonbarrier tissues, such as the kidney. TGF-β is required for the differentiation of CD69(+)CD103(+) TRM cells in barrier tissues. However, the developmental control of CD69(+)CD103(-) TRM cells in nonbarrier tissues remains largely unknown and the involvement of TGF-β signaling is less clear...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903737/allergen-induced-cd4-t-cell-cytokine-production-within-airway-mucosal-dendritic-cell-t-cell-clusters-drives-the-local-recruitment-of-myeloid-effector-cells
#7
Tibor Z Veres, Tamás Kopcsányi, Nicholas van Panhuys, Michael Y Gerner, Zhiduo Liu, Pia Rantakari, Johannes Dunkel, Masayuki Miyasaka, Marko Salmi, Sirpa Jalkanen, Ronald N Germain
Allergic asthma develops in the mucosal tissue of small bronchi. At these sites, local cytokine production by Th2/Th17 cells is believed to be critical for the development of tissue eosinophilia/neutrophilia. Using the mouse trachea as a relevant model of human small airways, we performed advanced in vivo dynamic and in situ static imaging to visualize individual cytokine-producing T cells in the airway mucosa and to define their immediate cellular environment. Upon allergen sensitization, newly recruited CD4(+) T cells formed discrete Ag-driven clusters with dendritic cells (DCs)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903736/t-and-b-cell-markers-in-dried-blood-spots-of-neonates-with-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-b-cell-numbers-at-birth-are-associated-with-long-term-outcomes
#8
Roberta Rovito, Marjolein J Korndewal, Menno C van Zelm, Dimitrios Ziagkos, Els Wessels, Mirjam van der Burg, Aloys C M Kroes, Anton W Langerak, Ann C T M Vossen
Congenital CMV infection (cCMV) is the most common congenital infection that can cause long-term impairment (LTI). The pathogenesis of LTI is not completely understood. Fetal immunity may play a role in controlling the infection and preventing LTI, although immune activation may also contribute to fetal immunopathology. In this study, we analyzed various molecular markers of T and B cell numbers in neonatal dried blood spots of 99 children with cCMV and 54 children without cCMV: δRec-ψJα signal joints on TCR excision circles, intron recombination signal sequence k-deleting element signal joints on Igκ-deleting recombination excision circles, genomic intron recombination signal sequence k-deleting element coding joint, genomic Vδ1-Jδ1, and Vδ2-Jδ1 rearrangements...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895181/complement-protein-c1q-enhances-macrophage-foam-cell-survival-and-efferocytosis
#9
Marc C Pulanco, Jason Cosman, Minh-Minh Ho, Jessica Huynh, Karina Fing, Jacqueline Turcu, Deborah A Fraser
In the atherosclerotic lesion, macrophages ingest high levels of damaged modified low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), generating macrophage foam cells. Foam cells undergo apoptosis and, if not efficiently cleared by efferocytosis, can undergo secondary necrosis, leading to plaque instability and rupture. As a component of the innate immune complement cascade, C1q recognizes and opsonizes modified forms of LDL, such as oxidized or acetylated LDL, and promotes ingestion by macrophages in vitro. C1q was shown to be protective in an atherosclerosis model in vivo...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895180/regulatory-t-cells-promote-myositis-and-muscle-damage-in-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
#10
Richard M Jin, Sarah J Blair, Jordan Warunek, Reid R Heffner, Ira J Blader, Elizabeth A Wohlfert
The coordination of macrophage polarization is essential for the robust regenerative potential of skeletal muscle. Repair begins with a phase mediated by inflammatory monocytes (IM) and proinflammatory macrophages (M1), followed by polarization to a proregenerative macrophage (M2) phenotype. Recently, regulatory T cells (Tregs) were described as necessary for this M1 to M2 transition. We report that chronic infection with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii causes a nonresolving Th1 myositis with prolonged tissue damage associated with persistent M1 accumulation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895179/thymic-dendritic-cell-subsets-display-distinct-efficiencies-and-mechanisms-of-intercellular-mhc-transfer
#11
Charles J Kroger, Nicholas A Spidale, Bo Wang, Roland Tisch
Thymic dendritic cells (DC) delete self-antigen-specific thymocytes, and drive development of Foxp3-expressing immunoregulatory T cells. Unlike medullary thymic epithelial cells, which express and present peripheral self-antigen, DC must acquire self-antigen to mediate thymic negative selection. One such mechanism entails the transfer of surface MHC-self peptide complexes from medullary thymic epithelial cells to thymic DC. Despite the importance of thymic DC cross-dressing in negative selection, the factors that regulate the process and the capacity of different thymic DC subsets to acquire MHC and stimulate thymocytes are poorly understood...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895178/conserved-region-c-functions-to-regulate-pd-1-expression-and-subsequent-cd8-t-cell-memory
#12
Alexander P R Bally, Yan Tang, Joshua T Lee, Benjamin G Barwick, Ryan Martinez, Brian D Evavold, Jeremy M Boss
Expression of programmed death 1 (PD-1) on CD8 T cells promotes T cell exhaustion during chronic Ag exposure. During acute infections, PD-1 is transiently expressed and has the potential to modulate CD8 T cell memory formation. Conserved region C (CR-C), a promoter proximal cis-regulatory element that is critical to PD-1 expression in vitro, responds to NFATc1, FoxO1, and/or NF-κB signaling pathways. Here, a CR-C knockout mouse was established to determine its role on PD-1 expression and the corresponding effects on T cell function in vivo...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895177/ox40-cooperates-with-icos-to-amplify-follicular-th-cell-development-and-germinal-center-reactions-during-infection
#13
Vikas Tahiliani, Tarun E Hutchinson, Georges Abboud, Michael Croft, Shahram Salek-Ardakani
Cognate interactions between T follicular helper (Tfh) cells and B cells are essential for promoting protective Ab responses. Whereas costimulatory receptors such as ICOS are accepted as being important for the induction of Tfh cell fate decision, other molecules may play key roles in amplifying or maintaining the Tfh phenotype. In this study, with vaccinia virus infection in mice, we show that OX40 was expressed on Tfh cells that accumulated at the T/B borders in the white pulp of the spleen and that OX40-dependent signals directly shaped the magnitude and quality of the their response to viral Ags...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895176/the-syk-nfat-il-2-pathway-in-dendritic-cells-is-required-for-optimal-sterile-immunity-elicited-by-alum-adjuvants
#14
Hanif Javanmard Khameneh, Adrian W S Ho, Roberto Spreafico, Heidi Derks, Hazel Q Y Quek, Alessandra Mortellaro
Despite a long history and extensive usage of insoluble aluminum salts (alum) as vaccine adjuvants, the molecular mechanisms underpinning Ag-specific immunity upon vaccination remain unclear. Dendritic cells (DCs) are crucial initiators of immune responses, but little is known about the molecular pathways used by DCs to sense alum and, in turn, activate T and B cells. In this article, we show that alum adjuvanticity requires IL-2 specifically released by DCs, even when T cell secretion of IL-2 is intact. We demonstrate that alum, as well as other sterile particulates, such as uric acid crystals, induces DCs to produce IL-2 following initiation of actin-mediated phagocytosis that leads to Src and Syk kinase activation, Ca(2+) mobilization, and calcineurin-dependent activation of NFAT, the master transcription factor regulating IL-2 expression...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895175/platelets-mediate-host-defense-against-staphylococcus-aureus-through-direct-bactericidal-activity-and-by-enhancing-macrophage-activities
#15
Ramadan A Ali, Leah M Wuescher, Keith R Dona, Randall G Worth
Platelets are the chief effector cells in hemostasis. However, recent evidence suggests they have multiple roles in host defense against infection. Reports by us and others showed that platelets functionally contribute to protection against Staphylococcus aureus infection. In the current study, the capacity of mouse platelets to participate in host defense against S. aureus infection was determined by assessing two possibilities. First, we determined the ability of platelets to kill S. aureus directly; and, second, we tested the possibility that platelets enhance macrophage phagocytosis and intracellular killing of S...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895174/human-lung-fibroblasts-present-bacterial-antigens-to-autologous-lung-th-cells
#16
Andrew J Hutton, Marta E Polak, C Mirella Spalluto, Joshua C Wallington, Chris Pickard, Karl J Staples, Jane A Warner, Tom M A Wilkinson
Lung fibroblasts are key structural cells that reside in the submucosa where they are in contact with large numbers of CD4(+) Th cells. During severe viral infection and chronic inflammation, the submucosa is susceptible to bacterial invasion by lung microbiota such as nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi). Given their proximity in tissue, we hypothesized that human lung fibroblasts play an important role in modulating Th cell responses to NTHi. We demonstrate that fibroblasts express the critical CD4(+) T cell Ag-presentation molecule HLA-DR within the human lung, and that this expression can be recapitulated in vitro in response to IFN-γ...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895173/human-regulatory-t-cells-mediate-transcriptional-modulation-of-dendritic-cell-function
#17
Emily Mavin, Lindsay Nicholson, Syed Rafez Ahmed, Fei Gao, Anne Dickinson, Xiao-Nong Wang
Regulatory T cells (Treg) attenuate dendritic cell (DC) maturation and stimulatory function. Current knowledge on the functional impact of semimature DC is limited to CD4(+) T cell proliferation and cytokine production. Little is known about the molecular basis underpinning the functional effects of Treg-treated DC (Treg-DC). We present novel evidence that Treg-DC skewed CD4(+) naive T cell polarization toward a regulatory phenotype and impaired CD8(+) T cell allo-reactive responses, including their ability to induce target tissue damage in a unique in vitro human graft-versus-host disease skin explant model...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895172/pulmonary-dendritic-cell-subsets-shape-the-respiratory-syncytial-virus-specific-cd8-t-cell-immunodominance-hierarchy-in-neonates
#18
Allison M W Malloy, Tracy J Ruckwardt, Kaitlyn M Morabito, Annie W Lau-Kilby, Barney S Graham
Young infants are generally more susceptible to viral infections and experience more severe disease than do adults. CD8(+) T cells are important for viral clearance, and although often ineffective in neonates they can be protective when adequately stimulated. Using a murine CB6F1/J hybrid model of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, we previously demonstrated that the CD8(+) T cell immunodominance hierarchy to two RSV-derived epitopes, K(d)M282-90 and D(b)M187-195, was determined by the age at infection...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895171/impairment-of-ccr6-and-cxcr3-th-cell-migration-in-hiv-1-infection-is-rescued-by-modulating-actin-polymerization
#19
Valentina Cecchinato, Enos Bernasconi, Roberto F Speck, Michele Proietti, Ulrike Sauermann, Gianluca D'Agostino, Gabriela Danelon, Tanja Rezzonico Jost, Fabio Grassi, Lorenzo Raeli, Franziska Schöni-Affolter, Christiane Stahl-Hennig, Mariagrazia Uguccioni
CD4(+) T cell repopulation of the gut is rarely achieved in HIV-1-infected individuals who are receiving clinically effective antiretroviral therapy. Alterations in the integrity of the mucosal barrier have been indicated as a cause for chronic immune activation and disease progression. In this study, we present evidence that persistent immune activation causes impairment of lymphocytes to respond to chemotactic stimuli, thus preventing their trafficking from the blood stream to peripheral organs. CCR6(+) and CXCR3(+) Th cells accumulate in the blood of aviremic HIV-1-infected patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy, and their frequency in the circulation positively correlates to levels of soluble CD14 in plasma, a marker of chronic immune activation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895170/prevention-of-v%C3%AE-9v%C3%AE-2-t-cell-activation-by-a-v%C3%AE-9v%C3%AE-2-tcr-nanobody
#20
Renée C G de Bruin, Anita G M Stam, Anna Vangone, Paul M P van Bergen En Henegouwen, Henk M W Verheul, Zsolt Sebestyén, Jürgen Kuball, Alexandre M J J Bonvin, Tanja D de Gruijl, Hans J van der Vliet
Vγ9Vδ2 T cell activation plays an important role in antitumor and antimicrobial immune responses. However, there are conditions in which Vγ9Vδ2 T cell activation can be considered inappropriate for the host. Patients treated with aminobisphosphonates for hypercalcemia or metastatic bone disease often present with a debilitating acute phase response as a result of Vγ9Vδ2 T cell activation. To date, no agents are available that can clinically inhibit Vγ9Vδ2 T cell activation. In this study, we describe the identification of a single domain Ab fragment directed to the TCR of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells with neutralizing properties...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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