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Human Immunology

Jifu E, Feihu Yan, Zhengchun Kang, Liangliang Zhu, Junjie Xing, Enda Yu
Tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) are the primary sites of tumor antigen presentation, as well as the origin of metastasis in most cases. Hence, the type and function of immune cells in TDLNs are critical to the microenvironment and potentially affect the clinical outcome of the malignancy. CD8+ CXCR5+ T cells are recently described to present high effector functions in infectious diseases, but their role in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unclear. In forty-four Stage III CRC patients, we examined the CD8+ CXCR5+ T cells in blood, tumor, and TDLN...
March 12, 2018: Human Immunology
Karolina Louvanto, Michel Roger, Marie-Claude Faucher, Kari Syrjänen, Seija Grenman, Stina Syrjänen
Role of host factors in transmission of human papillomavirus (HPV)-infection from mother to her offspring is not known. Our aim was to study whether human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G allele concordance among the mother-child pairs could facilitate vertical transmission of HPV, because HLA-G may contribute to immune tolerance in pregnancy. Altogether, 310 mother-child pairs were included from the Finnish Family HPV study. Overall, nine different HLA-G alleles were identified. The HLA-G genotype concordance of G∗01:01:01/01:04:01 increased the risk of high risk (HR)-HPV genotype positivity in cord blood and infant's oral mucosa...
March 12, 2018: Human Immunology
Redondo-Pachón Dolores, Pérez-Sáez María José, Mir Marisa, Gimeno Javier, Llinás Laura, García Carmen, Hernández Juan José, Yélamos Jose, Pascual Julio, Crespo Marta
Preformed HLA donor-specific antibodies (DSA) only detected with Luminex have been associated with increased risk of antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR) and graft failure after kidney transplantation (KT). Their evolution after KT may modify this risk. We analyzed postransplant evolution of preformed DSA identified retrospectively and their impact on outcomes of 370 KT performed 2006-2014. Antibodies were monitored prospectively at 1-3-5 years after KT and if any dysfunction. Early acute ABMR was more frequent among patients with preformed DSA class-I or I+II than isolated class-II (29...
March 7, 2018: Human Immunology
Vida Sheikh, Pinar Kasapoglu, Alireza Zamani, Zahra Basiri, Ahmad Tahamoli-Roudsari, Mahdi Alahgholi-Hajibehzad
1 α, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (VitD3) has been suggested to have strong modulatory properties in the immune system. Researchers in the present study primarily aimed to understand the effect of VitD3 on human CD4+ T cell proliferation in antigen presenting cells (APCs) free condition in vitro. The effect of VitD3 on intracellular cytokine responses trend to Th1, Th2, Th17 and Th22 was evaluated using the flow cytometry. Moreover the effect of VitD3 on the expression of inhibitory markers such as PD1, PD-L1, and CTLA4 which are induced upon polyclonal T cell receptor (TCR) activation on CD4+ T cells, was assessed...
March 6, 2018: Human Immunology
Wafa Babay, Hamza Ben Yahia, Nadia Boujelbene, Nour Zidi, Ahmed Baligh Laaribi, Dhikra Kacem, Radhia Ben Ghorbel, Abdellatif Boudabous, Hadda-Imene Ouzari, Roberta Rizzo, Vera Rebmann, Karima Mrad, Inès Zidi
BACKGROUND: The human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G and HLA-E, non classical HLA class I molecules, have been highly implicated in immune tolerance. HLA-G and HLA-E molecules were proposed as putative markers of several advanced cancers. As a step towards a better understanding of ovarian carcinoma, we evaluated the expression of both HLA-G and HLA-E molecules and explored their prognostic implication. METHODS: HLA-G and HLA-E expression were studied by immunohistochemistry on ovarian carcinoma tissues...
February 27, 2018: Human Immunology
James M Mathew, Joseph R Leventhal
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February 26, 2018: Human Immunology
Sunil M Kurian, Thomas C Whisenant, James M Mathew, Joshua Miller, Joseph R Leventhal
Immunosuppression after solid organ transplantation is a delicate balance of the immune response and is a complex phenomenon with many factors involved. Despite advances in the care of patients receiving organ transplants the adverse effects associated with immunosuppressive agents and the risks of long-term immunosuppression present a series of challenges and the need to weigh the risks and benefits of either over or under-immunosuppression. Ideally, if all transplant recipients could develop donor-specific immunological tolerance, it could drastically improve long-term graft survival without the need for immunosuppressive agents...
February 23, 2018: Human Immunology
Julien Vionnet, Alberto Sánchez-Fueyo
The liver exhibits intrinsic immune tolerogenic properties that contribute to a unique propensity toward spontaneous acceptance when transplanted, both in animal models and in humans. Thus, in contrast to what happens after transplantation of other solid organs, several years following liver transplantation a significant subset of patients are capable of maintaining normal allograft function with histological integrity in the absence of immunosuppressive drug treatment. Significant efforts have been put into identifying sensitive and specific biomarkers of tolerance in order to stratify liver transplant recipients according to their need for immunosuppressive medication and their likelihood of being able to completely discontinue it...
February 17, 2018: Human Immunology
M Chesneau, R Danger, J-P Soulillou, S Brouard
Transplantation is currently the therapy of choice for endstage organ failure even though it requires long-term immunosuppresive therapy, with its numerous side effects, for acceptance of the transplanted organ. In rare cases however, patients develop operational tolerance, that is, graft survival without immunosuppression. Studies conducted on these patients reveal genetic, phenotypic, and functional signatures. They provide a better understanding of the immunological mechanisms involved in operational tolerance and define biomarkers that could be used to adapt immunosuppressive treatment to the individual, safely reduce immunosuppression doses, and ideally and safely guide immunosuppression withdrawal...
February 16, 2018: Human Immunology
Adriana Bojko, Roksana Ostasz, Monika Białecka, Adam Klimowicz, Damian Malinowski, Robert Budawski, Piotr Bojko, Marek Droździk, Mateusz Kurzawski
The role of interleukin-23 is crucial in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, and IL23A, IL12B and IL23R genetic variants have been associated with the disease in genome-wide association studies. In the current paper we have conducted a confirmation study of the abovementioned genetic factors in a case-control analysis of 507 psoriatic patients and 396 controls from a Polish population, and subsequently analyzed the impact of genetic variants on response to topical and NB-UVB therapy in a subset of 306 patients. Case-control analysis revealed an association of IL12B rs3212227 and IL23R rs11209026 minor allele carrier status with reduced odds for psoriasis (OR = 0...
February 15, 2018: Human Immunology
Mehmet Onur Elbaşi, Aysın Tulunay-Virlan, Emel Ekşioğlu-Demiralp
One hundred eighty-seven healthy and unrelated volunteers from various regions of Turkey were selected for the study. Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction using commercial sequence-specific oligonucleotide probe (SSOP) kits. Gene frequencies of the Turkish population were determined by direct counting of the positive and negative loci. The genotype data is publicly available in the Allele Frequencies Net Database under the population name "Turkey KIR pop 3" number "3399"...
February 14, 2018: Human Immunology
Antonio Arnaiz-Villena, Jose Palacio-Grüber, Ignacio Juarez, Ennio Hernández, Ester Muñiz, Brayan Bayona, Cristina Campos, Jorge Nieto, Manuel Martin-Villa, Carlos Silvera
HLA-A,-B,-C-DRB1 and -DQB1 alleles have been studied in Chimila Amerindians from Sabana de San Angel (North Colombian Coast) by using high resolution molecular typing.A frequent extended haplotype was found:HLA-A∗24:02-B∗51:10-C∗15:02-BRB1∗04:07-DQB1∗03:02 (28.7%) which has also been described in Amerinndian Mayos Mexican population (Mexico,California Gulf,Pacific Ocean),Other haplotypae had already been found in Amerindians from Mexico (Pacific and Atlantic Coast),Peru (highlands and Amazon Basin),Bolivia and North USA...
February 14, 2018: Human Immunology
Faheem Shehjar, Dil Afroze, Raiz A Misgar, Sajad A Malik, Bashir A Laway
PURPOSE: Graves' disease (GD) is a multigenic, organ specific autoimmune disorder with a strong genetic predisposition and IL-1β has been shown to be involved in its pathogenesis. The present study was aimed to determine the genetic associations between polymorphisms of IL-1β gene promoter region (-511T>C) (rs16944), exon 5 (+3954C>T) (rs1143634) and IL-1RN gene VNTR (rs2234663) polymorphism in patients with GD in ethnic Kashmiri population. METHODS: A total of 135 Graves' disease patients and 150 healthy individuals were included in the study...
February 14, 2018: Human Immunology
Kenneth A Newell, Andrew B Adams, Laurence A Turka
Studies of kidney transplant recipients who have developed spontaneous and sustained tolerance have revealed an association with B cells. Unexpectedly tolerant individuals are characterized by increased numbers and frequencies of B cells in the blood and increased expression of genes associated with B cells in the blood and urine. Comparisons of the B cell repertoires of tolerant individuals and those receiving immunosuppression reveal that not only are the B cells more numerous but developmental differences result in a repertoire comprised of more naïve and transitional B cells in the tolerant cohort...
February 12, 2018: Human Immunology
Josiane Bazzo de Alencar, Joana Maira Valentini Zacarias, Barbara Leticia da Silva Guedes de Moura, Marco Antônio Braga, Jeane Eliete Laguila Visentainer, Ana Maria Sell
In order to investigate killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) and their ligands, human leukocyte antigen (HLA), diversity in the Brazilian population influenced by migrations, unrelated Brazilian Japanese descendants were selected and genotyped for the KIR genes and HLA class I allele groups. Genetic heterogeneity in Brazil Paraná Japanese was observed for KIR genes, whose frequency distributions demonstrated similarity with mixed Brazilian populations and with the Japanese population, suggesting gene flow...
February 12, 2018: Human Immunology
Jessica Gaff, Samuel Halstrom, Suzanna El Temple, Svetlana Baltic, Peter Kamerman, Patricia Price
Polymorphisms in P2X4R and CAMKK2 associate with susceptibility to HIV-associated sensory neuropathy (HIV-SN) - a condition likely mediated by TNFα. As single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and haplotypes of CAMKK2, and a neighbouring gene P2X4R, mark susceptibility to HIV-SN in South Africans living with HIV, we examined the relationship between P2X4R and CAMKK2 genotypes and TNFα production. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 129 healthy donors were stimulated with killed Escherichia coli, and concentrations of soluble TNFα were assessed...
February 8, 2018: Human Immunology
Mary Carmelle Philogene, Sheng Zhou, Bonnie E Lonze, Serena Bagnasco, Sami Alasfar, Robert A Montgomery, Edward Kraus, Annette M Jackson, Mary S Leffell, Andrea A Zachary
Retrospective studies of angiotensin II type 1 receptor antibodies (AT1R-Ab) and anti-endothelial cell antibodies (AECA) have linked these antibodies to allograft injury. Because rising healthcare costs dictate judicious use of laboratory testing, we sought to define characteristics of kidney transplant recipients who may benefit from screening for non-HLA antibodies. Kidney recipients transplanted between 2011 and 2016 at Johns Hopkins, were evaluated for AT1R-Ab and AECA. Pre-transplant antibody levels were compared to clinical and biopsy indications of graft dysfunction...
February 8, 2018: Human Immunology
Joseph R Leventhal, Suzanne T Ildstad
Successful solid organ transplantation currently requires the life-long use of medications to suppress the immune system in order to prevent transplant rejection. Drug-based immunosuppression significantly increases the risk of infection and cancer, as well as being very costly. Development of new therapies to minimize or eliminate entirely the need for anti-rejection drugs is of great interest to the transplant community. Therapeutic cell transfer for the control of the human immune system represents a compelling approach to reduce or eliminate the need for anti-rejection drugs...
February 2, 2018: Human Immunology
Chitranon Chan-On, Juliane M Liberto, Minnie M Sarwal
This review discusses the current understanding of biomarkers of immune quiescence based on reviews of published literature in kidney transplant operational tolerance and mechanistic studies based on better characterization of the stable, well-functioning renal allograft.
February 2, 2018: Human Immunology
Shaghik Barani, Bijan Khademi, Elham Ashouri, Abbas Ghaderi
BACKGROUND: Activatingandinhibitory KIRreceptors (aKIR, iKIR) control the development and function of NK cells whose function alterations adjust the tumor microenvironment immunity. This research was conducted to determine the KIRs gene impact on genetic predisposition to Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) in Iranians. METHODS: KIR genotyping usingsequence-specific primers-polymerase chain reaction (SSP-PCR) method was performed to identify the presence of all 16 KIRgenes in 285 HNSCC patients, including laryngeal, oral cavity and pharyngeal SCC and 273 controls (CNs)...
February 2, 2018: Human Immunology
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