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Immunology and Cell Biology

Remy Robert, Charles R Mackay
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March 14, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Emma de Jong, David G Hancock, Christine Wells, Peter Richmond, Karen Simmer, David Burgner, Tobias Strunk, Andrew J Currie
Preterm infants are uniquely susceptible to late-onset sepsis that is frequently caused by the skin commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis. Innate immune responses, particularly from monocytes, are a key protective mechanism. Impaired cytokine production by preterm infant monocytes is well described, but few studies have comprehensively assessed the corresponding monocyte transcriptional response. Innate immune responses in preterm infants may be modulated by inflammation such as prenatal exposure to histologic chorioamnionitis which complicates 40-70% of preterm pregnancies...
March 13, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Emilie Coppin, Jonathan Florentin, Sathish Babu Vasamsetti, Anagha Arunkumar, John Sembrat, Mauricio Rojas, Dutta Partha
Splenic hematopoiesis is crucial to the pathogenesis of diseases including myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis. The spleen acts as a reservoir of myeloid cells, which are quickly expelled out in response to acute inflammation. In contrast to the well-defined bone marrow hematopoiesis, the cellular and molecular components sustaining splenic hematopoiesis are poorly understood. Surprisingly, we found that, unlike quiescent bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), most of splenic HSC are in the G1 phase in C57BL/6 mice...
March 11, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Eanna P Connaughton, Serika Naicker, Shirley A Hanley, Stephanie M Slevin, John K Eykelenboom, Noel F Lowndes, Timothy O'Brien, Rhodri Ceredig, Matthew D Griffin, Michael C Dennedy
Human blood monocytes are sub-classified as classical, intermediate and non-classical. In this study, it was shown that conventionally-defined human intermediate monocytes (IM) can be divided into two distinct subpopulations with mid- and high-level surface expression of HLA-DR (referred to as DRmid and DRhi IM). These IM subpopulations were phenotypically and functionally characterized in healthy adult blood by flow cytometry, migration assays and lipoprotein uptake assays. Their absolute numbers and proportions were then compared in blood samples from obese and non-obese adults...
March 5, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Garth Cameron, Dale I Godfrey
Natural Killer T (NKT) cells are a functionally diverse population that recognize lipid-based antigens in association with the antigen-presenting molecule CD1d. Here we define a technique to separate the functionally distinct thymic NKT1, NKT2 and NKT17 cell subsets by their surface expression of CD279 (ICOS) and the activation-associated glycoform of CD43, enabling the investigation of subset-specific effector-functions. We report that all three subsets express the transcription factor GATA-3 and the potential to produce IL-4 and IL-10 following activation...
March 5, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Beatriz Garcillán, William A Figgett, Simona Infantino, Ee Xin Lim, Fabienne Mackay
Altered B-cell homeostasis underlies a wide range of pathologies, from cancers, to autoimmunity, and immunodeficiency. The molecular safeguards against those disorders, which also allow effective immune responses, are therefore particularly critical. Here, we review recent findings detailing the fine control of B-cell homeostasis, during B-cell development, maturation in the periphery and, during activation and differentiation into antibody-producing cells. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
March 2, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Sharan Bobbala, Blake Gibson, Allan B Gamble, Arlene McDowell, Sarah Hook
Sustained release vaccine delivery systems may enhance the immunogenicity of subunit vaccines and reduce the need for multiple vaccinations. The aim of this study was to develop a thermoresponsive hydrogel using poloxamer 407-chitosan (CP) grafted copolymer as a delivery system for single-shot sustained release vaccines. The CP copolymer was synthesized using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) chemistry. The CP copolymer was a free flowing solution at ambient temperature and transformed rapidly into a gel at body temperature...
March 2, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Dominik Rückerl, Paula I Seoane
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February 28, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Glen M Scholz, Jacqueline E Heath, Katrina A Walsh, Eric C Reynolds
Interleukin (IL)-36 (IL-36) cytokines are important regulators of mucosal homeostasis and inflammation. We previously established that oral epithelial cells strongly upregulate IL-36γ expression in response to the bacterial pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis. Here, we have established that IL-36γ stimulates the expression of the IL-12 cytokine family members, IL-23p19 and Epstein-Barr Virus-Induced Gene 3 (EBI3), by oral epithelial cells; their expression was also selectively stimulated by IL-36α. Notably, IL-23p19 and EBI3 expression was not stimulated by P...
February 23, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Regine J Dress, Alicia Y W Wong, Florent Ginhoux
Dendritic cells (DCs) are a diverse family of cells that play a crucial role in linking our innate and adaptive immune system to initiate adequate T cell responses. They respond to pathogens by triggering the appropriate adaptive immune response that is required to clear invaders while balancing the need to limit tissue damage as a result of inflammation. Perturbation in DC regulation results in abnormal T cell homeostasis, leading to development of autoimmune disease and aberrant responses to pathogens. In recent years it has become clear that the DC family is more complex than initially thought in terms of their identification, homeostasis, and function...
February 23, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Michael J Barnes, Jason G Cyster
G protein-coupled receptors regulate diverse aspects of T cell activity and effector function. Recently, we showed that GPR174 mediates the suppression of T cell proliferation in vitro induced by the polar lipid lysophosphatidylserine (LysoPS). Here, we investigated the in vivo activity of this pathway and characterized the mechanisms involved. Using in vivo models of T cell proliferation induced by sublethal irradiation or regulatory T cell depletion, we show that GPR174 expression can constrain T cell proliferation...
February 19, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Shweta Tikoo, Rohit Jain, Angela R M Kurz, Wolfgang Weninger
Cutaneous immunity represents a crucial component of the mammalian immune response. The presence of a large array of commensal microorganisms along with a myriad of environmental stresses necessitates constant immuno-surveillance of the tissue. To achieve a perfect balance between immune-tolerance and immune-activation, the skin harbours strategically localised immune cell populations that modulate these responses. To maintain homeostasis, innate and adaptive immune cells assimilate microenvironmental cues and coordinate cellular and molecular functions in a spatiotemporal manner...
February 19, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Erin W Meermeier, Melanie J Harriff, Elham Karamooz, David M Lewinsohn
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, the most abundant T cell subset in humans, are increasingly being recognized for their importance in microbial immunity. MAIT cells accumulate in almost every mucosal tissue examined, including the lung, liver, and intestinal tract, where they can be activated through T cell receptor (TCR) triggering as well as cytokine stimulation in response to a host of microbial products. In this review, we specifically discuss MAIT cell responses to bacterial and fungal infections, with a focus on responses that are both MR1-dependent and -independent, the evidence for diversity in MAIT TCR usage in response to discrete microbial products, protective immunity induced by MAIT cells, and MAIT cell antimicrobial functions in the context of these infections...
February 16, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Senthilkumar Alagesan, Clara Sanz-Nogués, Xizhe Chen, Michael Creane, Thomas Ritter, Rhodri Ceredig, Timothy O'Brien, Matthew D Griffin
Allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells (allo-MSC) are a promising "off-the-shelf" therapy with anti-inflammatory and pro-repair properties. This study investigated humoral immune responses to intramuscular (IM) injections of allo-MSC. Total and isotype-specific anti-donor IgG and donor-specific complement-mediated lysis were determined in sera from healthy mice two weeks after single or repeated IM injections of fully-MHC-mismatched allo-MSC with comparison to mice receiving syngeneic MSC, allogeneic splenocytes or saline...
February 15, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Nicholas A Gherardin, Michael N T Souter, Hui-Fern Koay, Kirstie M Mangas, Torsten Seemann, Timothy P Stinear, Sidonia B G Eckle, Stuart P Berzins, Yves d'Udekem, Igor E Konstantinov, David P Fairlie, David S Ritchie, Paul J Neeson, Daniel G Pellicci, Adam P Uldrich, James McCluskey, Dale I Godfrey
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells represent up to 10% of circulating human T-cells. They are usually defined using combinations of non-lineage-specific (surrogate) markers such as anti-TRAV1-2, CD161, IL-18Rα and CD26. The development of MR1-Ag tetramers now permits the specific identification of MAIT cells based on TCR specificity. Here, we compare these approaches for identifying MAIT cells and show that surrogate markers are not always accurate in identifying these cells, particularly the CD4 + fraction...
February 13, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Shu Yan, Li Chen, Qi Zhao, Ya-Nan Liu, Rui Hou, Jing Yu, Hong Zhang
Interleukin (IL)-17 is a major contributor to the pathogenesis of allergic asthma. Developmental endothelial locus-1 (Del-1) is an endothelial cell-secreted protein known to inhibit IL-17 expression. However, little is known about the association between Del-1 and IL-17 in the pathogenesis of allergic asthma. Using bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid (BALF) and peripheral blood samples collected from allergic asthmatic patients and controls, we explored the role of Del-1 in relation to IL-17 in allergic asthma. We found that the negative correlation between Del-1 and IL-17 was significant in BALF of allergic asthmatics...
February 13, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Steven L Reiner
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February 10, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Praveen Vimalathas, Alexandra Farris, Dorothea Letner, Vikram Deshpande, Vijay Yajnik, Wayne Shreffler, John Garber
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is increasingly recognized allergic disease associated with dysphagia and esophageal fibrosis. We aimed to determine expression patterns of specific eosinophil integrins that promote eosinophilic infiltration of the esophageal epithelium, and to determine how key EoE-related cytokines influence eosinophil activation and survival. Esophageal and peripheral eosinophils were isolated from 20 adult subjects with EoE for immunophenotyping and integrin profiling using multicolor flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry...
February 9, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Anthony R Di Carluccio, Cristina F Triffon, Weisan Chen
The accurate prediction of human CD8+ T cell epitopes has great potential clinical and translational implications in the context of infection, cancer and autoimmunity. Prediction algorithms have traditionally focused on calculated peptide affinity for the binding groove of MHC-I. However, over the years it has become increasingly clear that the ultimate T cell recognition of MHC-I-bound peptides is governed by many contributing factors within the complex antigen presentation pathway. Recent advances in next-generation sequencing and immunnopeptidomics have increased the precision of HLA-I sub-allele classification, and have led to the discovery of peptide processing events and individual allele-specific binding preferences...
February 9, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Madeleine E Zinser, Andrew J Highton, Ayako Kurioka, Barbara Kronsteiner, Joachim Hagel, Tianqi Leng, Emanuele Marchi, Chansavath Phetsouphanh, Chris B Willberg, Susanna J Dunachie, Paul Klenerman
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are a well-characterized innate-like T cell population abundant in the human liver, peripheral tissues and blood. MAIT cells serve in the first line of defense against infections, through engagement of their T cell receptor, which recognizes microbial metabolites presented on MR1, and through cytokine-mediated triggering. Typically, they show a quiescent memory phenotype but can undergo rapid up-regulation of effector functions including cytolysis upon stimulation...
February 9, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
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