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Journal of Leukocyte Biology

Maria C Lebre, Pedro L Vieira, Man Wai Tang, Saïda Aarrass, Boy Helder, Thomas Newsom-Davis, Paul P Tak, Gavin R Screaton
Bone and cartilage destruction is one of the key manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although the role of T helper (Th)17 cells in these processes is clear, the role of IL-21-producing cells T cells has been neglected. We sought to investigate the role of IL-21 in RA by focusing on the functional characteristics of the main producers of this cytokine, synovial CD4(+)IL-21(+) T cells. We show that the frequency of both synovial fluid (SF) CD4(+)IL-21(+) or CD4(+)IL-21(+)TNF(+) T cells in patients with RA was significantly higher compared with patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Lisa S Thomas, Stephan R Targan, Masato Tsuda, Qi T Yu, Brenda C Salumbides, Talin Haritunians, Emebet Mengesha, Dermot P B McGovern, Kathrin S Michelsen
TL1A contributes to the pathogenesis of several chronic inflammatory diseases, including those of the bowel by enhancing TH1, TH17, and TH2 responses. TL1A mediates a strong costimulation of these TH subsets, particularly of mucosal CCR9(+) T cells. However, the signaling pathways that TL1A induces in different TH subsets are incompletely understood. We investigated the function of TL1A on human TH17 cells. TL1A, together with TGF-β, IL-6, and IL-23, enhanced the secretion of IL-17 and IFN-γ from human CD4(+) memory T cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Dane M Newman, Anne K Voss, Tim Thomas, Rhys S Allan
Histone acetylation has an important role in gene regulation, DNA replication, and repair. Because these processes are central to the development of the immune system, we investigated the role of a previously unstudied histone acetyltransferase named KAT7 (also known as Myst2 or HBO1) in the regulation of thymopoiesis and observed a critical role in the regulation of conventional and innate-like T cell development. We found that KAT7-deficient thymocytes displayed normal, positive selection and development into mature single-positive αβ thymocytes; however, we observed few peripheral CD4(+) or CD8(+) T cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Rachael D Wright, Patricia R Souza, Magdalena B Flak, Prasheetha Thedchanamoorthy, Lucy V Norling, Dianne Cooper
Galectin-3 has been associated with a plethora of proinflammatory functions because of its ability, among others, to promote neutrophil activation and because of the reduction in neutrophil recruitment in models of infection in Gal-3-null mice. Conversely, it has also been linked to resolution of inflammation through its actions as an opsonin and its ability to promote efferocytosis of apoptotic neutrophils. Using a self-resolving model of peritonitis, we have addressed the modulation and role of Gal-3 in acute inflammation...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Mahalakshmi Ramadass, Jennifer Linda Johnson, Sergio D Catz
Neutrophil secretory proteins are mediators of systemic inflammation in infection, trauma, and cancer. In response to specific inflammatory mediators, neutrophil granules are mobilized and cargo proteins released to modulate the microenvironment of inflammatory sites and tumors. In particular, GM-CSF, a cytokine secreted by several immune, nonimmune, and tumor cells, regulates neutrophil priming and exocytosis. Whereas a comprehensive understanding of this process is necessary to design appropriate anti-inflammatory therapies, the molecular effectors regulating GM-CSF-dependent priming of neutrophil exocytosis are currently unknown...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Julien Moretti, J Magarian Blander
The innate immune response of phagocytes to microbes has long been known to depend on the core signaling cascades downstream of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), which lead to expression and production of inflammatory cytokines that counteract infection and induce adaptive immunity. Cell-autonomous responses have recently emerged as important mechanisms of innate immunity. Either IFN-inducible or constitutive, these processes aim to guarantee cell homeostasis but have also been shown to modulate innate immune response to microbes and production of inflammatory cytokines...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Filippo Ingoglia, Rossana Visigalli, Bianca Maria Rotoli, Amelia Barilli, Benedetta Riccardi, Paola Puccini, Marco Milioli, Maria Di Lascia, Gino Bernuzzi, Valeria Dall'Asta
l-Carnitine, in addition to playing a fundamental role in the β-oxidation of fatty acids, has been recently identified as a modulator of immune function, although the mechanisms that underlie this role remain to be clarified. In this study, we addressed the modulation of l-carnitine transport and expression of related transporters during differentiation of human monocytes to macrophages. Whereas monocytes display a modest uptake of l-carnitine, GM-CSF-induced differentiation massively increased the saturable Na(+)-dependent uptake of l-carnitine...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Nathaniel B Bone, Zhongyu Liu, Jean-Francois Pittet, Jaroslaw W Zmijewski
Catecholamines, including β-adrenergic and dopaminergic neurotransmitters, have an essential role in regulating the "fight or flight" reflex and also affects immune cell proinflammatory action. However, little is known about whether catecholamines prevent dysfunction of metabolic pathways associated with inflammatory organ injury, including development of acute lung injury (ALI). We hypothesize that selected catecholamines may reduce metabolic alterations in LPS-stimulated macrophages and in the lungs of mice subjected to endotoxin-induced ALI, a situation characterized by diminished activity of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Jessica C Kling, Antje Blumenthal
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) and innate-like lymphocytes have important roles in immune responses in the context of infection, cancer, and autoimmunity. The factors involved in driving the differentiation and function of these cell types remain to be clearly defined. There are several cellular signaling pathways involved in embryogenesis, which continue to function in adult tissue. In particular, the WNT, NOTCH, and Hedgehog signaling pathways are emerging as regulators of hematopoietic cell development and differentiation...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Reinhild Feuerstein, Julia Kolter, Philipp Henneke
The dermis, a major reservoir of immune cells in immediate vicinity to the colonizing skin microflora, serves as an important site of host-pathogen interactions. Macrophages (Mϕ) are the most frequent resident immune cell type in the dermis. They protect the host from invasive infections by highly adapted bacteria, such as staphylococci via pattern recognition of bacterial effectors, phagocytosis, and recruitment of other myeloid cells from the blood. Already under homeostatic conditions, the dermal Mϕ population receives a dynamic input of monocytes invading from the bloodstream...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Helen L Wright, Trevor Cox, Robert J Moots, Steven W Edwards
Neutrophils are implicated in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but the mechanisms regulating their activation are largely unknown. RA is a heterogeneous disease, and whereas many patients show clincal improvement during TNF inhibitor (TNFi) therapy, a significant proportion fails to respond. In vitro activation of neutrophils with agents, including TNF, results in rapid and selective changes in gene expression, but how neutrophils contribute to TNF signaling in RA and whether TNFi sensitivity involves differential neutrophil responses are unknown...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Juan Han, Runming Jin, Meiling Zhang, Qing Guo, Fen Zhou
Ikaros isoform 6 (Ik6) is associated with a poor prognosis for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Our previous study demonstrated that overexpression of Ik6 enhances proliferation and chemoresistance of leukemia cells, with a possible underlying mechanism that involves antiapoptosis. In the present study, we investigated whether Ik6 protects against apoptosis by regulating the Akt-FoxO1 pathway. Bone marrow samples from children with ALL were collected and evaluated. In Ik6(+) patients, the Akt-FoxO1 pathway was activated such that expression of phosphorylated Akt and FoxO1 was significantly increased, but that of Bim and p27 decreased...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Marie de Bourayne, Yann Gallais, Zeina El Ali, Philippe Rousseau, Marie-Hélène Damiens, Claude Cochet, Odile Filhol, Sylvie Chollet-Martin, Marc Pallardy, Saadia Kerdine-Römer
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) represents a severe health problem with increasing worldwide prevalence. It is a T-cell-mediated inflammatory skin disease caused by chemicals present in the daily or professional environment. NiSO4 and 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) are 2 chemicals involved in ACD. These contact sensitizers are known to induce an up-regulation of phenotypic markers and cytokine secretion in dendritic cells (DCs; professional APCs), leading to the generation of CD8(+) Tc1/Tc17 and CD4(+) Th1/Th17 effector T cells...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Mallary C Greenlee-Wacker, William M Nauseef
Infections, especially with Staphylococcus aureus (SA), commonly cause morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), a condition characterized by a defective phagocyte oxidase. IFN-γ reduces the frequency and consequences of infection in CGD by mechanisms that remain unknown. As IFN-γ promotes bacterial killing, efferocytosis of effete polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN), and cytokine production in macrophages-the same macrophage effector functions that are impaired in response to SA-we hypothesized that IFN-γ may reverse these defects and thereby, augment macrophage control of SA during infection...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
James D H Ong, Ashley Mansell, Michelle D Tate
The severity of influenza A virus (IAV) infection can range from asymptotic to mild to severe. Infections, such as those seen following outbreaks of avian IAV, are associated with hyperinflammatory responses and the development of fatal disease. There is a continual threat that a novel or pandemic IAV will circulate in humans with high rates of mortality. The neuronal apoptosis inhibitor protein, class 2 transcription activator of the MHC, heterokaryon incompatibility, telomerase-associated protein 1, leucine-rich repeat, and pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is an innate immune sensor that has been shown to be critical for the secretion of the potent proinflammatory cytokines, IL-1β and IL-18, as well as chemokine production and cellular inflammation in vivo following IAV infection...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Frédérique Larousserie, Laura Bsiri, Valérie Dumaine, Céline Dietrich, Anne Audebourg, Brigitte Radenen-Bussière, Philippe Anract, Marie-Cécile Vacher-Lavenu, Odile Devergne
IL-27 regulates immune responses as well as hematopoiesis and bone remodeling, but its cellular sources in the bone remain unknown. In this study, we investigated whether osteoclasts and osteoblasts-the 2 cell types orchestrating bone homeostasis-could be a source of IL-27 and identified stimuli that induce its expression in vitro. We observed that human monocyte-derived osteoclasts expressed a broader range of TLRs than did human primary osteoblasts and that both cell types exhibited a differential induction of IL-27 expression in response to TLR or cytokine stimulation...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Andriani C Patera, Anne M Drewry, Katherine Chang, Evan R Beiter, Dale Osborne, Richard S Hotchkiss
Sepsis is a heterogeneous syndrome comprising a highly diverse and dynamic mixture of hyperinflammatory and compensatory anti-inflammatory immune responses. This immune phenotypic diversity highlights the importance of proper patient selection for treatment with the immunomodulatory drugs that are entering clinical trials. To better understand the serial changes in immunity of critically ill patients and to evaluate the potential efficacy of blocking key inhibitory pathways in sepsis, we undertook a broad phenotypic and functional analysis of innate and acquired immunity in the same aliquot of blood from septic, critically ill nonseptic, and healthy donors...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Tom Erkers, Martin Solders, Lotte Verleng, Cecilia Bergström, Arwen Stikvoort, Lalit Rane, Silvia Nava, Olle Ringdén, Helen Kaipe
This study investigated how stromal cells affect the IL-2 pathway in alloantigen-activated T cells. We found that decidual stromal cells (DSCs) from term placentas promoted a high production of IL-2 in cultures with alloantigen-activated T cells. The intensity of expression of cluster of differentiation 25 (CD25; IL-2Rα) on T cells was increased by DSCs, whereas the frequency and intensity of expression of the signaling subunits CD122 (IL-2Rβ) and CD132 (IL-2Rγc) were reduced. Consequently, uptake of IL-2 and STAT5 phosphorylation (pSTAT5) was abrogated...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Galit H Frydman, Anna Le, Felix Ellett, Julianne Jorgensen, James G Fox, Ronald G Tompkins, Daniel Irimia
Neutrophils are traditionally regarded as the "first responders" of the immune system. However, recent observations revealed that platelets often respond earlier to recruit and activate neutrophils within sites of injury and inflammation. Currently, platelet-neutrophil interactions are studied by intravital microscopy. Although such studies provide exceptional, physiologic in vivo data, they are also laborious and have low throughput. To accelerate platelet-neutrophil interaction studies, we have developed and optimized an ex vivo microfluidic platform with which the interactions between platelets and moving neutrophils are measured at single-cell level in precise conditions and with high throughput...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Yuichiro Shindo, Anja G Fuchs, Christopher G Davis, Tim Eitas, Jacqueline Unsinger, Carey-Ann D Burnham, Jonathan M Green, Michel Morre, Grant V Bochicchio, Richard S Hotchkiss
Patients with protracted sepsis develop impaired immunity, which predisposes them to acquiring secondary infections. One of the most common and lethal secondary infections is Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia. Immunoadjuvant therapy is a promising approach to reverse sepsis-induced immunosuppression and improve morbidity and mortality from secondary infections. Interleukin-7 is an immunoadjuvant that improves survival in clinically relevant animal models of polymicrobial peritonitis and in fungal sepsis. This study investigated the effect of recombinant human interleukin-7 (rhIL-7) on survival in a 2-hit model of sublethal cecal ligation and puncture followed by P...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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