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Yinyin Li, Yi Shen, Philipp Hohensinner, Jihang Ju, Zhenke Wen, Stuart B Goodman, Hui Zhang, Jörg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Immune aging manifests with a combination of failing adaptive immunity and insufficiently restrained inflammation. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), T cell aging occurs prematurely, but the mechanisms involved and their contribution to tissue-destructive inflammation remain unclear. We found that RA CD4(+) T cells showed signs of aging during their primary immune responses and differentiated into tissue-invasive, proinflammatory effector cells. RA T cells had low expression of the double-strand-break repair nuclease MRE11A, leading to telomeric damage, juxtacentromeric heterochromatin unraveling, and senescence marker upregulation...
October 10, 2016: Immunity
Salvador Iborra, María Martínez-López, Francisco J Cueto, Ruth Conde-Garrosa, Carlos Del Fresno, Helena M Izquierdo, Clare L Abram, Daiki Mori, Yolanda Campos-Martín, Rosa María Reguera, Benjamin Kemp, Sho Yamasaki, Matthew J Robinson, Manuel Soto, Clifford A Lowell, David Sancho
C-type lectin receptors sense a diversity of endogenous and exogenous ligands that may trigger differential responses. Here, we have found that human and mouse Mincle bind to a ligand released by Leishmania, a eukaryote parasite that evades an effective immune response. Mincle-deficient mice had milder dermal pathology and a tenth of the parasite burden compared to wild-type mice after Leishmania major intradermal ear infection. Mincle deficiency enhanced adaptive immunity against the parasite, correlating with increased activation, migration, and priming by Mincle-deficient dendritic cells (DCs)...
October 5, 2016: Immunity
Zhikuan Zhang, Umeharu Ohto, Takuma Shibata, Elena Krayukhina, Masato Taoka, Yoshio Yamauchi, Hiromi Tanji, Toshiaki Isobe, Susumu Uchiyama, Kensuke Miyake, Toshiyuki Shimizu
Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) is a single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) sensor in innate immunity and also responds to guanosine and chemical ligands, such as imidazoquinoline compounds. However, TLR7 activation mechanism by these ligands remain largely unknown. Here, we generated crystal structures of three TLR7 complexes, and found that all formed an activated m-shaped dimer with two ligand-binding sites. The first site conserved in TLR7 and TLR8 was used for small ligand-binding essential for its activation. The second site spatially distinct from that of TLR8 was used for a ssRNA-binding that enhanced the affinity of the first-site ligands...
October 5, 2016: Immunity
Caroline Stienne, Michaël F Michieletto, Mehdi Benamar, Nadège Carrié, Isabelle Bernard, Xuan-Hung Nguyen, Yannick Lippi, Fanny Duguet, Roland S Liblau, Stephen M Hedrick, Abdelhadi Saoudi, Anne S Dejean
The transcription factor Foxo3 plays a crucial role in myeloid cell function but its role in lymphoid cells remains poorly defined. Here, we have shown that Foxo3 expression was increased after T cell receptor engagement and played a specific role in the polarization of CD4(+) T cells toward pathogenic T helper 1 (Th1) cells producing interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and granulocyte monocyte colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF). Consequently, Foxo3-deficient mice exhibited reduced susceptibility to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis...
October 1, 2016: Immunity
Romain Daillère, Marie Vétizou, Nadine Waldschmitt, Takahiro Yamazaki, Christophe Isnard, Vichnou Poirier-Colame, Connie P M Duong, Caroline Flament, Patricia Lepage, Maria Paula Roberti, Bertrand Routy, Nicolas Jacquelot, Lionel Apetoh, Sonia Becharef, Sylvie Rusakiewicz, Philippe Langella, Harry Sokol, Guido Kroemer, David Enot, Antoine Roux, Alexander Eggermont, Eric Tartour, Ludger Johannes, Paul-Louis Woerther, Elisabeth Chachaty, Jean-Charles Soria, Encouse Golden, Silvia Formenti, Magdalena Plebanski, Mutsa Madondo, Philip Rosenstiel, Didier Raoult, Vincent Cattoir, Ivo Gomperts Boneca, Mathias Chamaillard, Laurence Zitvogel
The efficacy of the anti-cancer immunomodulatory agent cyclophosphamide (CTX) relies on intestinal bacteria. How and which relevant bacterial species are involved in tumor immunosurveillance, and their mechanism of action are unclear. Here, we identified two bacterial species, Enterococcus hirae and Barnesiella intestinihominis that are involved during CTX therapy. Whereas E. hirae translocated from the small intestine to secondary lymphoid organs and increased the intratumoral CD8/Treg ratio, B. intestinihominis accumulated in the colon and promoted the infiltration of IFN-γ-producing γδT cells in cancer lesions...
September 28, 2016: Immunity
Chuansheng Guo, Shujun Xie, Zhexu Chi, Jinhua Zhang, Yangyang Liu, Li Zhang, Mingzhu Zheng, Xue Zhang, Dajing Xia, Yuehai Ke, Linrong Lu, Di Wang
Reciprocal interactions between the metabolic system and immune cells play pivotal roles in diverse inflammatory diseases, but the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. The activation of bile acid-mediated signaling has been linked to improvement in metabolic syndromes and enhanced control of inflammation. Here, we demonstrated that bile acids inhibited NLRP3 inflammasome activation via the TGR5-cAMP-PKA axis. TGR5 bile acid receptor-induced PKA kinase activation led to the ubiquitination of NLRP3, which was associated with the PKA-induced phosphorylation of NLRP3 on a single residue, Ser 291...
September 26, 2016: Immunity
Stephanie Gras, Jesseka Chadderton, Claudia M Del Campo, Carine Farenc, Florian Wiede, Tracy M Josephs, Xavier Y X Sng, Michiko Mirams, Katherine A Watson, Tony Tiganis, Kylie M Quinn, Jamie Rossjohn, Nicole L La Gruta
The anti-viral T cell response is drawn from the naive T cell repertoire. During influenza infection, the CD8(+) T cell response to an H-2D(b)-restricted nucleoprotein epitope (NP366) is characterized by preferential expansion of T cells bearing TRBV13(+) T cell receptors (TCRs) and avoidance of TRBV17(+) T cells, despite the latter dominating the naive precursor repertoire. We found two TRBV17(+) TCRs that bound H-2D(b)-NP366 with a 180° reversed polarity compared to the canonical TCR-pMHC-I docking...
September 24, 2016: Immunity
Christina J Groß, Ritu Mishra, Katharina S Schneider, Guillaume Médard, Jennifer Wettmarshausen, Daniela C Dittlein, Hexin Shi, Oliver Gorka, Paul-Albert Koenig, Stephan Fromm, Giovanni Magnani, Tamara Ćiković, Lara Hartjes, Joachim Smollich, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew A Cooper, Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Michael Schuster, Kate Schroder, Petr Broz, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Bruce Beutler, Bernhard Kuster, Jürgen Ruland, Sabine Schneider, Fabiana Perocchi, Olaf Groß
Imiquimod is a small-molecule ligand of Toll-like receptor-7 (TLR7) that is licensed for the treatment of viral infections and cancers of the skin. Imiquimod has TLR7-independent activities that are mechanistically unexplained, including NLRP3 inflammasome activation in myeloid cells and apoptosis induction in cancer cells. We investigated the mechanism of inflammasome activation by imiquimod and the related molecule CL097 and determined that K(+) efflux was dispensable for NLRP3 activation by these compounds...
September 24, 2016: Immunity
Salvador Iborra, María Martínez-López, Sofía C Khouili, Michel Enamorado, Francisco J Cueto, Ruth Conde-Garrosa, Carlos Del Fresno, David Sancho
Despite the crucial role of tissue-resident memory T (Trm) cells in protective immunity, their priming remains poorly understood. Here, we have shown differential priming requirements for Trm versus circulating memory CD8(+) T cells. In vaccinia cutaneous-infected mice, DNGR-1-mediated crosspresentation was required for optimal Trm cell priming but not for their skin differentiation or for circulating memory T cell generation. DNGR-1(+) dendritic cells (DCs) promoted T-bet transcription-factor induction and retention of CD8(+) T cells in the lymph nodes (LNs)...
September 24, 2016: Immunity
Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz, Wei Yi Ng, Lauren E Holz, Joel Z Ma, Ali Zaid, Yik Chun Wong, Lei Shong Lau, Vanessa Mollard, Anton Cozijnsen, Nicholas Collins, Jessica Li, Gayle M Davey, Yu Kato, Sapna Devi, Roghieh Skandari, Michael Pauley, Jonathan H Manton, Dale I Godfrey, Asolina Braun, Szun Szun Tay, Peck Szee Tan, David G Bowen, Friedrich Koch-Nolte, Björn Rissiek, Francis R Carbone, Brendan S Crabb, Mireille Lahoud, Ian A Cockburn, Scott N Mueller, Patrick Bertolino, Geoffrey I McFadden, Irina Caminschi, William R Heath
In recent years, various intervention strategies have reduced malaria morbidity and mortality, but further improvements probably depend upon development of a broadly protective vaccine. To better understand immune requirement for protection, we examined liver-stage immunity after vaccination with irradiated sporozoites, an effective though logistically difficult vaccine. We identified a population of memory CD8(+) T cells that expressed the gene signature of tissue-resident memory T (Trm) cells and remained permanently within the liver, where they patrolled the sinusoids...
September 17, 2016: Immunity
Chuansheng Guo, Shujun Xie, Zhexu Chi, Jinhua Zhang, Yangyang Liu, Li Zhang, Mingzhu Zheng, Xue Zhang, Dajing Xia, Yuehai Ke, Linrong Lu, Di Wang
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October 18, 2016: Immunity
Srinika Ranasinghe, Pedro A Lamothe, Damien Z Soghoian, Samuel W Kazer, Michael B Cole, Alex K Shalek, Nir Yosef, R Brad Jones, Faith Donaghey, Chioma Nwonu, Priya Jani, Gina M Clayton, Frances Crawford, Janice White, Alana Montoya, Karen Power, Todd M Allen, Hendrik Streeck, Daniel E Kaufmann, Louis J Picker, John W Kappler, Bruce D Walker
CD8(+) T cell recognition of virus-infected cells is characteristically restricted by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I, although rare examples of MHC class II restriction have been reported in Cd4-deficient mice and a macaque SIV vaccine trial using a recombinant cytomegalovirus vector. Here, we demonstrate the presence of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II-restricted CD8(+) T cell responses with antiviral properties in a small subset of HIV-infected individuals. In these individuals, T cell receptor β (TCRβ) analysis revealed that class II-restricted CD8(+) T cells underwent clonal expansion and mediated killing of HIV-infected cells...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Isabelle Mondor, Audrey Jorquera, Cynthia Sene, Sahil Adriouch, Ralf Heinrich Adams, Bin Zhou, Stephan Wienert, Frederick Klauschen, Marc Bajénoff
Lymph node (LN) expansion during an immune response relies on the transient remodeling of its vasculature. Although the mechanisms driving LN endothelial cell division are beginning to be understood, a comprehensive view of LN endothelial cell dynamics at the single-cell level is lacking. Here, we used multicolored fluorescent fate-mapping models to track the behavior of blood endothelial cells during LN expansion upon inflammation and subsequent return to homeostasis. We found that expansion of the LN vasculature relied on the sequential assembly of endothelial cell proliferative units...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Mark R Cronan, Rebecca W Beerman, Allison F Rosenberg, Joseph W Saelens, Matthew G Johnson, Stefan H Oehlers, Dana M Sisk, Kristen L Jurcic Smith, Neil A Medvitz, Sara E Miller, Le A Trinh, Scott E Fraser, John F Madden, Joanne Turner, Jason E Stout, Sunhee Lee, David M Tobin
Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in humans triggers formation of granulomas, which are tightly organized immune cell aggregates that are the central structure of tuberculosis. Infected and uninfected macrophages interdigitate, assuming an altered, flattened appearance. Although pathologists have described these changes for over a century, the molecular and cellular programs underlying this transition are unclear. Here, using the zebrafish-Mycobacterium marinum model, we found that mycobacterial granuloma formation is accompanied by macrophage induction of canonical epithelial molecules and structures...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Alexandre P Meli, Ghislaine Fontés, Danielle T Avery, Scott A Leddon, Mifong Tam, Michael Elliot, Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Jim Miller, Mary M Stevenson, Deborah J Fowell, Stuart G Tangye, Irah L King
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a CD4(+) T cell subset critical for long-lived humoral immunity. We hypothesized that integrins play a decisive role in Tfh cell biology. Here we show that Tfh cells expressed a highly active form of leukocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) that was required for their survival within the germinal center niche. In addition, LFA-1 promoted expression of Bcl-6, a transcriptional repressor critical for Tfh cell differentiation, and inhibition of LFA-1 abolished Tfh cell generation and prevented protective humoral immunity to intestinal helminth infection...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Stanley Ching-Cheng Huang, Amber M Smith, Bart Everts, Marco Colonna, Erika L Pearce, Joel D Schilling, Edward J Pearce
Macrophage activation status is intrinsically linked to metabolic remodeling. Macrophages stimulated by interleukin 4 (IL-4) to become alternatively (or, M2) activated increase fatty acid oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation; these metabolic changes are critical for M2 activation. Enhanced glucose utilization is also characteristic of the M2 metabolic signature. Here, we found that increased glucose utilization is essential for M2 activation. Increased glucose metabolism in IL-4-stimulated macrophages required the activation of the mTORC2 pathway, and loss of mTORC2 in macrophages suppressed tumor growth and decreased immunity to a parasitic nematode...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Vivek Durai, Kenneth M Murphy
Dendritic cells (DCs) play critical roles in activating innate immune cells and initiating adaptive immune responses. The functions of DCs were originally obscured by their overlap with other mononuclear phagocytes, but new mouse models have allowed for the selective ablation of subsets of DCs and have helped to identify their non-redundant roles in the immune system. These tools have elucidated the functions of DCs in host defense against pathogens, autoimmunity, and cancer. This review will describe the mouse models generated to interrogate the role of DCs and will discuss how their use has progressively clarified our understanding of the unique functions of DC subsets...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Tara M Weitz, Terrence Town
In a recent issue of Nature, Sevigny et al. (2016) report findings from a phase 1b clinical trial of aducanumab (a monoclonal antibody targeting misfolded amyloid-β peptides), revitalizing the "amyloid cascade hypothesis" and bringing mononuclear phagocytes center stage in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Romina E Araya, Romina S Goldszmid
It has recently become apparent that the gut microbiota modulates the response to cancer therapy. In this issue of Immunity, Daillère et al. (2016) identified two bacterial species potentiating the anti-tumor effect of cyclophosphamide that are kept in check by the sensor NOD2.
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Stephen A Migueles, Mark Connors
CD8(+) T cells that recognize peptides presented by MHC class II molecules have been observed in a macaque SIV vaccine model. A new study by Ranasinghe et al. (2016) shows that virus-specific class-II-restricted CD8(+) T cells can be found in some HIV-infected patients.
October 18, 2016: Immunity
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