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Gaetan Barbet, Leif E Sander, Matthew Geswell, Irina Leonardi, Andrea Cerutti, Iliyan Iliev, J Magarian Blander
Live vaccines historically afford superior protection, yet the cellular and molecular mechanisms mediating protective immunity remain unclear. Here we found that vaccination of mice with live, but not dead, Gram-negative bacteria heightened follicular T helper cell (Tfh) differentiation, germinal center formation, and protective antibody production through the signaling adaptor TRIF. Complementing the dead vaccine with an innate signature of bacterial viability, bacterial RNA, recapitulated these responses...
March 9, 2018: Immunity
Moumita Datta, Ori Staszewski, Elena Raschi, Maximilian Frosch, Nora Hagemeyer, Tuan Leng Tay, Thomas Blank, Mario Kreutzfeldt, Doron Merkler, Stephanie Ziegler-Waldkirch, Patrick Matthias, Melanie Meyer-Luehmann, Marco Prinz
Microglia as tissue macrophages contribute to the defense and maintenance of central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis. Little is known about the epigenetic signals controlling microglia function in vivo. We employed constitutive and inducible mutagenesis in microglia to delete two class I histone deacetylases, Hdac1 and Hdac2. Prenatal ablation of Hdac1 and Hdac2 impaired microglial development. Mechanistically, the promoters of pro-apoptotic and cell cycle genes were hyperacetylated in absence of Hdac1 and Hdac2, leading to increased apoptosis and reduced survival...
March 7, 2018: Immunity
Tongqing Zhou, Anqi Zheng, Ulrich Baxa, Gwo-Yu Chuang, Ivelin S Georgiev, Rui Kong, Sijy O'Dell, Syed Shahzad-Ul-Hussan, Chen-Hsiang Shen, Yaroslav Tsybovsky, Robert T Bailer, Syna K Gift, Mark K Louder, Krisha McKee, Reda Rawi, Catherine H Stevenson, Guillaume B E Stewart-Jones, Justin D Taft, Eric Waltari, Yongping Yang, Baoshan Zhang, Sachin S Shivatare, Vidya S Shivatare, Chang-Chun D Lee, Chung-Yi Wu, James C Mullikin, Carole A Bewley, Dennis R Burton, Victoria R Polonis, Lawrence Shapiro, Chi-Huey Wong, John R Mascola, Peter D Kwong, Xueling Wu
Virtually the entire surface of the HIV-1-envelope trimer is recognized by neutralizing antibodies, except for a highly glycosylated region at the center of the "silent face" on the gp120 subunit. From an HIV-1-infected donor, #74, we identified antibody VRC-PG05, which neutralized 27% of HIV-1 strains. The crystal structure of the antigen-binding fragment of VRC-PG05 in complex with gp120 revealed an epitope comprised primarily of N-linked glycans from N262, N295, and N448 at the silent face center...
March 7, 2018: Immunity
Britney Johnson, Laura A VanBlargan, Wei Xu, James P White, Chao Shan, Pei-Yong Shi, Rong Zhang, Jagat Adhikari, Michael L Gross, Daisy W Leung, Michael S Diamond, Gaya K Amarasinghe
Although interferon-induced proteins with tetratricopeptide repeats (IFIT proteins) inhibit infection of many viruses by recognizing their RNA, the regulatory mechanisms involved remain unclear. Here we report a crystal structure of cap 0 (m7 GpppN) RNA bound to human IFIT1 in complex with the C-terminal domain of human IFIT3. Structural, biochemical, and genetic studies suggest that IFIT3 binding to IFIT1 has dual regulatory functions: (1) extending the half-life of IFIT1 and thereby increasing its steady-state amounts in cells; and (2) allosterically regulating the IFIT1 RNA-binding channel, thereby enhancing the specificity of recognition for cap 0 but not cap 1 (m7 GpppNm) or 5'-ppp RNA...
March 7, 2018: Immunity
Glenn R Bantug, Marco Fischer, Jasmin Grählert, Maria L Balmer, Gunhild Unterstab, Leyla Develioglu, Rebekah Steiner, Lianjun Zhang, Ana S H Costa, Patrick M Gubser, Anne-Valérie Burgener, Ursula Sauder, Jordan Löliger, Réka Belle, Sarah Dimeloe, Jonas Lötscher, Annaïse Jauch, Mike Recher, Gideon Hönger, Michael N Hall, Pedro Romero, Christian Frezza, Christoph Hess
Glycolysis is linked to the rapid response of memory CD8+ T cells, but the molecular and subcellular structural elements enabling enhanced glucose metabolism in nascent activated memory CD8+ T cells are unknown. We found that rapid activation of protein kinase B (PKB or AKT) by mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) led to inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) at mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum (ER) junctions. This enabled recruitment of hexokinase I (HK-I) to the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) on mitochondria...
March 1, 2018: Immunity
Qian Li, Dulei Li, Xian Zhang, Qingqing Wan, Wen Zhang, Mingke Zheng, Le Zou, Chris Elly, Jee H Lee, Yun-Cai Liu
Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are a specialized subset of lymphoid effector cells that are critically involved in allergic responses; however, the mechanisms of their regulation remain unclear. We report that conditional deletion of the E3 ubiquitin ligase VHL in innate lymphoid progenitors minimally affected early-stage bone marrow ILC2s but caused a selective and intrinsic decrease in mature ILC2 numbers in peripheral non-lymphoid tissues, resulting in reduced type 2 immune responses. VHL deficiency caused the accumulation of hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF1α) and attenuated interleukin-33 (IL-33) receptor ST2 expression, which was rectified by HIF1α ablation or inhibition...
February 6, 2018: Immunity
Dunja Mrdjen, Anto Pavlovic, Felix J Hartmann, Bettina Schreiner, Sebastian G Utz, Brian P Leung, Iva Lelios, Frank L Heppner, Jonathan Kipnis, Doron Merkler, Melanie Greter, Burkhard Becher
Individual reports suggest that the central nervous system (CNS) contains multiple immune cell types with diverse roles in tissue homeostasis, immune defense, and neurological diseases. It has been challenging to map leukocytes across the entire brain, and in particular in pathology, where phenotypic changes and influx of blood-derived cells prevent a clear distinction between reactive leukocyte populations. Here, we applied high-dimensional single-cell mass and fluorescence cytometry, in parallel with genetic fate mapping systems, to identify, locate, and characterize multiple distinct immune populations within the mammalian CNS...
February 6, 2018: Immunity
Murad R Mamedov, Anja Scholzen, Ramesh V Nair, Katherine Cumnock, Justin A Kenkel, Jose Henrique M Oliveira, Damian L Trujillo, Naresha Saligrama, Yue Zhang, Florian Rubelt, David S Schneider, Yueh-Hsiu Chien, Robert W Sauerwein, Mark M Davis
Despite evidence that γδ T cells play an important role during malaria, their precise role remains unclear. During murine malaria induced by Plasmodium chabaudi infection and in human P. falciparum infection, we found that γδ T cells expanded rapidly after resolution of acute parasitemia, in contrast to αβ T cells that expanded at the acute stage and then declined. Single-cell sequencing showed that TRAV15N-1 (Vδ6.3) γδ T cells were clonally expanded in mice and had convergent complementarity-determining region 3 sequences...
February 1, 2018: Immunity
Akihiro Shimba, Guangwei Cui, Shizue Tani-Ichi, Makoto Ogawa, Shinya Abe, Fumie Okazaki, Satsuki Kitano, Hitoshi Miyachi, Hisakata Yamada, Takahiro Hara, Yasunobu Yoshikai, Takashi Nagasawa, Günther Schütz, Koichi Ikuta
Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones with strong anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects that are produced in a diurnal fashion. Although glucocorticoids have the potential to induce interleukin-7 receptor (IL-7R) expression in T cells, whether they control T cell homeostasis and responses at physiological concentrations remains unclear. We found that glucocorticoid receptor signaling induces IL-7R expression in mouse T cells by binding to an enhancer of the IL-7Rα locus, with a peak at midnight and a trough at midday...
January 26, 2018: Immunity
Wei Luo, Florian Weisel, Mark J Shlomchik
Positive selection of germinal center (GC) B cells is driven by B cell receptor (BCR) affinity and requires help from follicular T helper cells. The transcription factors c-Myc and Foxo1 are critical for GC B cell selection and survival. However, how different affinity-related signaling events control these transcription factors in a manner that links to selection is unknown. Here we showed that GC B cells reprogram CD40 and BCR signaling to transduce via NF-κB and Foxo1, respectively, whereas naive B cells propagate both signals downstream of either receptor...
January 26, 2018: Immunity
Eileen Goodwin, Morgan S A Gilman, Daniel Wrapp, Man Chen, Joan O Ngwuta, Syed M Moin, Patricia Bai, Arvind Sivasubramanian, Ruth I Connor, Peter F Wright, Barney S Graham, Jason S McLellan, Laura M Walker
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a leading cause of infant mortality, and there are currently no licensed vaccines to protect this vulnerable population. A comprehensive understanding of infant antibody responses to natural RSV infection would facilitate vaccine development. Here, we isolated more than 450 RSV fusion glycoprotein (F)-specific antibodies from 7 RSV-infected infants and found that half of the antibodies recognized only two antigenic sites. Antibodies targeting both sites showed convergent sequence features, and structural studies revealed the molecular basis for their recognition of RSV F...
January 20, 2018: Immunity
Logan K Smith, Giselle M Boukhaled, Stephanie A Condotta, Sabrina Mazouz, Jenna J Guthmiller, Rahul Vijay, Noah S Butler, Julie Bruneau, Naglaa H Shoukry, Connie M Krawczyk, Martin J Richer
Chronic viral infections remain a global health concern. The early events that facilitate viral persistence have been linked to the activity of the immunoregulatory cytokine IL-10. However, the mechanisms by which IL-10 facilitates the establishment of chronic infection are not fully understood. Herein, we demonstrated that the antigen sensitivity of CD8+ T cells was decreased during chronic infection and that this was directly mediated by IL-10. Mechanistically, we showed that IL-10 induced the expression of Mgat5, a glycosyltransferase that enhances N-glycan branching on surface glycoproteins...
January 17, 2018: Immunity
Ariella Glasner, Assi Levi, Jonatan Enk, Batya Isaacson, Sergey Viukov, Shari Orlanski, Alon Scope, Tzahi Neuman, Claes D Enk, Jacob H Hanna, Veronika Sexl, Stipan Jonjic, Barbara Seliger, Laurence Zitvogel, Ofer Mandelboim
Natural killer (NK) cells are innate lymphoid cells, and their presence within human tumors correlates with better prognosis. However, the mechanisms by which NK cells control tumors in vivo are unclear. Here, we used reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) imaging in humans and in mice to visualize tumor architecture in vivo. We demonstrated that signaling via the NK cell receptor NKp46 (human) and Ncr1 (mouse) induced interferon-γ (IFN-γ) secretion from intratumoral NK cells. NKp46- and Ncr1-mediated IFN-γ production led to the increased expression of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin 1 (FN1) in the tumors, which altered primary tumor architecture and resulted in decreased metastases formation...
January 4, 2018: Immunity
Jihye Kim, Dong-Yeop Chang, Hyun Woong Lee, Hoyoung Lee, Jong Hoon Kim, Pil Soo Sung, Kyung Hwan Kim, Seon-Hui Hong, Wonseok Kang, Jino Lee, So Youn Shin, Hee Tae Yu, Sooseong You, Yoon Seok Choi, Insoo Oh, Dong Ho Lee, Dong Hyeon Lee, Min Kyung Jung, Kyung-Suk Suh, Shin Hwang, Won Kim, Su-Hyung Park, Hyung Joon Kim, Eui-Cheol Shin
Acute hepatitis A (AHA) involves severe CD8+ T cell-mediated liver injury. Here we showed during AHA, CD8+ T cells specific to unrelated viruses became activated. Hepatitis A virus (HAV)-infected cells produced IL-15 that induced T cell receptor (TCR)-independent activation of memory CD8+ T cells. TCR-independent activation of non-HAV-specific CD8+ T cells were detected in patients, as indicated by NKG2D upregulation, a marker of TCR-independent T cell activation by IL-15. CD8+ T cells derived from AHA patients exerted innate-like cytotoxicity triggered by activating receptors NKG2D and NKp30 without TCR engagement...
December 30, 2017: Immunity
Dunja Mrdjen, Anto Pavlovic, Felix J Hartmann, Bettina Schreiner, Sebastian G Utz, Brian P Leung, Iva Lelios, Frank L Heppner, Jonathan Kipnis, Doron Merkler, Melanie Greter, Burkhard Becher
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March 20, 2018: Immunity
Lorraine A O'Reilly, Tracy L Putoczki, Lisa A Mielke, Jun T Low, Ann Lin, Adele Preaudet, Marco J Herold, Kelvin Yaprianto, Lin Tai, Andrew Kueh, Guido Pacini, Richard L Ferrero, Raffi Gugasyan, Yifang Hu, Michael Christie, Stephen Wilcox, Raelene Grumont, Michael D W Griffin, Liam O'Connor, Gordon K Smyth, Mathias Ernst, Paul Waring, Steve Gerondakis, Andreas Strasser
Polymorphisms in NFKB1 that diminish its expression have been linked to human inflammatory diseases and increased risk for epithelial cancers. The underlying mechanisms are unknown, and the link is perplexing given that NF-κB signaling reportedly typically exerts pro-tumorigenic activity. Here we have shown that NF-κB1 deficiency, even loss of a single allele, resulted in spontaneous invasive gastric cancer (GC) in mice that mirrored the histopathological progression of human intestinal-type gastric adenocarcinoma...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Gerd Meyer Zu Horste, Dariusz Przybylski, Markus A Schramm, Chao Wang, Alexandra Schnell, Youjin Lee, Raymond Sobel, Aviv Regev, Vijay K Kuchroo
The death receptor Fas removes activated lymphocytes through apoptosis. Previous transcriptional profiling predicted that Fas positively regulates interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing T helper 17 (Th17) cells. Here, we demonstrate that Fas promoted the generation and stability of Th17 cells and prevented their differentiation into Th1 cells. Mice with T-cell- and Th17-cell-specific deletion of Fas were protected from induced autoimmunity, and Th17 cell differentiation and stability were impaired. Fas-deficient Th17 cells instead developed a Th1-cell-like transcriptional profile, which a new algorithm predicted to depend on STAT1...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Xin Li, Adeline Gadzinsky, Liying Gong, Haijun Tong, Virginie Calderon, Yue Li, Daisuke Kitamura, Ulf Klein, Wallace Y Langdon, Fajian Hou, Yong-Rui Zou, Hua Gu
Selective expansion of high-affinity antigen-specific B cells in germinal centers (GCs) is a key event in antibody affinity maturation. GC B cells with improved affinity can either continue affinity-driven selection or exit the GC to differentiate into plasma cells (PCs) or memory B cells. Here we found that deleting E3 ubiquitin ligases Cbl and Cbl-b (Cbls) in GC B cells resulted in the early exit of high-affinity antigen-specific B cells from the GC reaction and thus impaired clonal expansion. Cbls were highly expressed in GC light zone (LZ) B cells, where they promoted the ubiquitination and degradation of Irf4, a transcription factor facilitating PC fate choice...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Charlène Delmas, Elise Dalmas
The central nervous system undergoes extensive postnatal synapse remodeling that is critical for the formation of mature neural circuits. In a recent issue of Science, Vainchtein et al. (2018) describe an additional role for astrocyte-derived interleukin-33 (IL-33) in promoting synapse refinement by microglia in the developing brain.
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Antonella Montinaro, Henning Walczak
Constitutively activated NF-κB signaling has long been known to be oncogenic. In this issue of Immunity, O'Reilly et al. (2018) unveil a link between loss of NF-κB1, aberrant STAT1 signaling, sterile inflammation, and the increased expression of immune checkpoint molecules as cancer drivers.
March 20, 2018: Immunity
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