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Journal of Autoimmunity

Aigli G Vakrakou, Sorina Boiu, Panayiotis D Ziakas, Evangelia Xingi, Haralabia Boleti, Menelaos N Manoussakis
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) patients manifest high cell-free DNA (cf-DNA) levels in serum, associated with impaired DNaseI activity. Undegraded DNA may accumulate in tissues and act as an inflammasome-activating signal. Herein, we investigated the occurrence of aberrant DNA build-up in various biologic compartments of SS patients and its correlation with the activity of NLRP3 and AIM2 inflammasomes. For this purpose, we evaluated sera, PBMC, circulating monocytes and salivary glands (SG) from different SS patient subgroups and controls...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Ke Zhao, Juan Du, Yanfeng Peng, Peng Li, Shaohua Wang, Yu Wang, Jingwei Hou, Jian Kang, Wenwen Zheng, Shucheng Hua, Xiao-Fang Yu
Improper host immune activation leads to the development of the autoimmune disease Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS), which is attributed to defined genetic mutations in such proteins as TREX1 and ADAR1. The mechanism of immune activation in AGS patients has not been thoroughly elucidated to date. In this study, we report that endogenous LINE1 components trigger IFNβ production in multiple human cell types, including those defective for cGAS/STING-mediated DNA sensing. In these cells, LINE1 DNA synthesis and retrotransposition were not required for LINE1-triggered immune activation, but RNA sensing pathways were essential...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Olga Kalinina, Yoram Louzoun, Yue Wang, Tammy Utset, Martin Weigert
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease accompanied by production of autoantibodies directed to a variety of self-proteins and nucleic acids. The genetic basis of SLE is also complex with at least 40 susceptibility loci identified. This complexity suggests that there are a variety of SLE manifestations; nevertheless, SLE is treated as a single disease clinically. One unique SLE target is the Smith antigen (Sm), a nuclear ribonucleoprotein complex. Sm response occurs in 25% of patients with SLE...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Stefanie Koristka, Alexandra Kegler, Ralf Bergmann, Claudia Arndt, Anja Feldmann, Susann Albert, Marc Cartellieri, Armin Ehninger, Gerhard Ehninger, Jan Moritz Middeke, Martin Bornhäuser, Marc Schmitz, Jens Pietzsch, Katja Akgün, Tjalf Ziemssen, Jörg Steinbach, Michael P Bachmann
As regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a fundamental role in immune homeostasis their adoptive transfer emerged as a promising treatment strategy for inflammation-related diseases. Preclinical animal models underline the superiority of antigen-specific Tregs compared to polyclonal cells. Here, we applied a modular chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) technology called UniCAR for generation of antigen-specific human Tregs. In contrast to conventional CARs, UniCAR-endowed Tregs are indirectly linked to their target cells via a separate targeting module (TM)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Baihui Li, Fengjuan Wang, Nicolas Schall, Sylviane Muller
Sjögren's syndrome is a multifactorial systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by lymphocytic infiltrates in exocrine organs. Patients present with sicca symptoms, such as extensive dry eyes and dry mouth, and parotid enlargement. Other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas. Current treatments only focus on relieving symptoms and do not target the origin of the disease, which is largely unknown. The question we addressed here was whether some defects exist in autophagy processes in Sjögren's syndrome and if they can be corrected or minimized using an appropriate mechanism-driven treatment targeting this central survival pathway...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Lingjun Zhang, Yan Li, Wen Qiu, Brent A Bell, Nina Dvorina, William M Baldwin, Nora Singer, Timothy Kern, Rachel R Caspi, David A Fox, Feng Lin
OBJECTIVE: CD6 is emerging as a new target for treating many pathological conditions in which T cells are integrally involved, but even the latest data from studies of CD6 gene engineered mice were still contradictory. To address this issue, we studied experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU), a model of autoimmune uveitis, in wild-type (WT) and CD6 knockout (KO) mice. METHODS: After EAU induction in WT and CD6 KO mice, we evaluated ocular inflammation and compared retinal antigen-specific T-cell responses using scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, histopathology, and T cell recall assays...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Cecilia Beatrice Chighizola, Francesca Pregnolato, Laura Andreoli, Caterina Bodio, Laura Cesana, Chiara Comerio, Maria Gerosa, Claudia Grossi, Rajesh Kumar, Maria Grazia Lazzaroni, Michael Mahler, Elena Mattia, Cecilia Nalli, Gary L Norman, Maria Gabriella Raimondo, Amelia Ruffatti, Marta Tonello, Laura Trespidi, Angela Tincani, Maria Orietta Borghi, Pier Luigi Meroni
Antibodies against β2 glycoprotein I (anti-β2GPI) have been identified as the main pathogenic autoantibody subset in anti-phospholipid syndrome (APS); the most relevant epitope is a cryptic and conformation-dependent structure on β2GPI domain (D) 1. Anti-β2GPI domain profiling has been investigated in thrombotic APS, leading to the identification of antibodies targeting D1 as the main subpopulation. In contrast, scarce attention has been paid to obstetric APS, hence this study aimed at characterizing the domain reactivity with regards to pregnancy morbidity (PM)...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Cecilia Beatrice Chighizola, Laura Andreoli, Maria Gerosa, Angela Tincani, Amelia Ruffatti, Pier Luigi Meroni
Anti-phospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired pro-thrombotic autoimmune disease that predisposes to thrombotic events and/or obstetric complications, in the persistent presence of anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL). Life long moderate-intensity anticoagulation is the option of choice for aPL-positive patients with a previous thrombosis; critical issues concern the management of those with a history of arterial event due to the high rate of recurrence. Alternatives comprise anti-platelet agents and high-intensity anticoagulation...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Chie Hotta-Iwamura, Charles Benck, William D Coley, Yi Liu, Yongge Zhao, Juan A Quiel, Kristin V Tarbell
Dendritic cell (DC)-mediated T cell tolerance deficiencies contribute to the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. Delivering self-antigen to dendritic-cell inhibitory receptor-2 (DCIR2) + DCs can delay but not completely block diabetes development in NOD mice. These DCIR2-targeting antibodies induce tolerance via deletion and anergy, but do not increase islet-specific Tregs. Because low-dose IL-2 (LD-IL-2) administration can preferentially expand Tregs, we tested whether delivering islet-antigen to tolerogenic DCIR2 + DCs along with LD-IL-2 would boost islet-specific Tregs and further block autoimmunity...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Xiang Jiang, Min Lian, Yanmei Li, Weici Zhang, Qixia Wang, Yiran Wei, Jun Zhang, Weihua Chen, Xiao Xiao, Qi Miao, Zhaolian Bian, Dekai Qiu, Jingyuan Fang, Aftab A Ansari, Patrick S C Leung, Ross L Coppel, Ruqi Tang, M Eric Gershwin, Xiong Ma
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are novel innate-like T cells constituting a significant proportion of circulating and hepatic T cells. Herein, we extensively examine the phenotypical and functional alterations of MAIT cells and their regulation in a cohort of 56 patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) and 53 healthy controls (HC). Additionally alterations of MAIT cells were assessed before and after UDCA treatment. Finally the localization of MAIT cell in liver was examined using specific tetramer staining and the underlying mechanisms of these alterations in PBC were explored...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Raphael S Peres, Paula B Donate, Jhimmy Talbot, Nerry T Cecilio, Patricia R Lobo, Caio C Machado, Kalil W A Lima, Rene D Oliveira, Vanessa Carregaro, Helder I Nakaya, Thiago M Cunha, José Carlos Alves-Filho, Foo Y Liew, Paulo Louzada-Junior, Fernando Q Cunha
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune arthropathy characterized by chronic articular inflammation. Methotrexate (MTX) remains the first-line therapy for RA and its anti-inflammatory effect is associated with the maintenance of high levels of extracellular adenosine (ADO). Nonetheless, up to 40% of RA patients are resistant to MTX treatment and this is linked to a reduction of CD39 expression, an ectoenzyme involved in the generation of extracellular ADO by ATP metabolism, on circulating regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Miranda Houtman, Klementy Shchetynsky, Karine Chemin, Aase Haj Hensvold, Daniel Ramsköld, Karolina Tandre, Maija-Leena Eloranta, Lars Rönnblom, Steffen Uebe, Anca Irinel Catrina, Vivianne Malmström, Leonid Padyukov
Non-coding SNPs in the protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 2 (PTPN2) locus have been linked with several autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. However, the functional consequences of these SNPs are poorly characterized. Herein, we show in blood cells that SNPs in the PTPN2 locus are highly correlated with DNA methylation levels at four CpG sites downstream of PTPN2 and expression levels of the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) LINC01882 downstream of these CpG sites...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Andrea K Steck, Fran Dong, Brigitte I Frohnert, Kathleen Waugh, Michelle Hoffman, Jill M Norris, Marian J Rewers
While full oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) helps improve prediction, it requires intravenous access with 6 sample collections for glucose and C-peptide. The objective of this study was to explore less costly and less time-consuming options. All children being prospectively followed by the Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young (DAISY) who had a complete baseline OGTT and at least one confirmed islet autoantibody (Ab+) were included in this study (n = 68). Of 68 Ab+ subjects with a baseline OGTT, 25 developed diabetes after a mean follow-up 5...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Aoife M McGinley, Sarah C Edwards, Mathilde Raverdeau, Kingston H G Mills
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS) that shares many features with the human disease. This review will focus on the role of IL-17-secreting CD4 and γδ T cells in EAE and MS, the plasticity of Th17 cells in vivo and the application of these findings to the understating of the pathogenesis and the development of new treatments for MS. There is convincing evidence that IL-17-secreting CD4 T cells (Th17 cells) and IL-17-secreting γδ T cells play a critical pathogenic role in central nervous system (CNS) inflammation in EAE and MS...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Barsha Dash, Michael J Shapiro, Ji Young Chung, Sinibaldo Romero Arocha, Virginia Smith Shapiro
Regulatory T cells are critical for the generation and maintenance of peripheral tolerance. Conditional deletion of the transcriptional repressor NKAP in Tregs using Foxp3-YFP-cre NKAP conditional knockout mice causes aggressive autoimmunity characterized by thymic atrophy, lymphadenopathy, peripheral T cell activation, generation of autoantibodies, immune infiltration into several organs, and crusty skin at 3 weeks of age, similar to that of "scurfy" Foxp3-mutant mice. While Treg development in the thymus proceeds normally in the absence of NKAP, there is a severe loss of thymically-derived Tregs in the periphery...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Eleni Chouri, Nila H Servaas, Cornelis P J Bekker, Alsya J Affandi, Marta Cossu, Maarten R Hillen, Chiara Angiolilli, Jorre S Mertens, Lucas L van den Hoogen, Sandra Silva-Cardoso, Maarten van der Kroef, Nadia Vazirpanah, Catharina G K Wichers, Tiago Carvalheiro, Sofie L M Blokland, Barbara Giovannone, Laura Porretti, Wioleta Marut, Barbara Vigone, Joel A G van Roon, Lorenzo Beretta, Marzia Rossato, Timothy R D J Radstake
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are regulatory molecules, which have been addressed as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets in rheumatic diseases. Here, we investigated the miRNA signature in the serum of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and we further assessed their expression in early stages of the disease. METHODS: The levels of 758 miRNAs were evaluated in the serum of 26 SSc patients as compared to 9 healthy controls by using an Openarray platform. Three miRNAs were examined in an additional cohort of 107 SSc patients and 24 healthy donors by single qPCR...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Hussin A Rothan, Mehdi R M Bidokhti, Siddappa N Byrareddy
Dissemination of vector-borne viruses, such as Zika virus (ZIKV), in tropical and sub-tropical regions has a complicated impact on the immunopathogenesis of other endemic viruses such as dengue virus (DENV), chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The consequences of the possible co-infections with these viruses have specifically shown significant impact on the treatment and vaccination strategies. ZIKV is a mosquito-borne flavivirus from African and Asian lineages that causes neurological complications in infected humans...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Carmen Gianfran, Laura Pisapia, Stefania Picascia, Maria Strazzullo, Giovanna Del Pozzo
To date, the study of the impact of major hystocompatibility complex on autoimmunity has been prevalently focused on structural diversity of MHC molecules in binding and presentation of (auto)antigens to cognate T cells. Recently, a number of experimental evidences suggested new points of view to investigate the complex relationships between MHC gene expression and the individual predisposition to autoimmune diseases. Irrespective of the nature of the antigen, a threshold of MHC-peptide complexes needs to be reached, as well as a threshold of T cell receptors engaged is required, for the activation and proliferation of autoantigen-reactive T cells...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Ashok Sharma, Xiang Liu, David Hadley, William Hagopian, Wei-Min Chen, Suna Onengut-Gumuscu, Carina Törn, Andrea K Steck, Brigitte I Frohnert, Marian Rewers, Anette-G Ziegler, Åke Lernmark, Jorma Toppari, Jeffrey P Krischer, Beena Akolkar, Stephen S Rich, Jin-Xiong She
Traditional linkage analysis and genome-wide association studies have identified HLA and a number of non-HLA genes as genetic factors for islet autoimmunity (IA) and type 1 diabetes (T1D). However, the relative risk associated with previously identified non-HLA genes is usually very small as measured in cases/controls from mixed populations. Genetic associations for IA and T1D may be more accurately assessed in prospective cohorts. In this study, 5806 subjects from the TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) study, an international prospective cohort study, were genotyped for 176,586 SNPs on the ImmunoChip...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Jelle R Miedema, Ylva Kaiser, Caroline E Broos, Marlies S Wijsenbeek, Johan Grunewald, Mirjam Kool
Sarcoidosis, a multisystem granulomatous disorder, has historically been classified as Th1-driven disease. However, increasing data demonstrate a key role of Th17-cell plasticity in granuloma formation and maintenance. In Löfgren's syndrome (LS), an acute and distinct phenotype of sarcoidosis with a favorable outcome, differences in Th17-lineage cell subsets, cytokine expression and T-cell suppressive mechanisms may account for differences in clinical presentation as well as prognosis compared to non-LS sarcoidosis...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
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