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Akhilesh Kumar, Manas Ranjan Dikhit, Ajay Amit, Amir Zaidi, Raj Kishor Pandey, Ashish Kumar Singh, Shashi S Suman, Vahab Ali, Vidya Nand Rabi Das, Krishna Pandey, Vikas Kumar, Shubhankar Kumar Singh, Shyam Narayan, Hirendra Kumar Chourasia, Pradeep Das, Sanjiva Bimal
We report here a Leishmania donovani ornithine decarboxylase (Ld-ODC) gene used as a DNA vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis in a murine Balb/c mouse model. This study also evaluated the possible mechanism of action directed by this candidate. We found a Th1 immune response after immunization using an Ld-ODC DNA vaccine, with results based on the rearrangement of TCR-V-α-2, proliferation of Carboxy fluorescein Succinimidyle ester positive T cells, which were able to produce cytokines such as TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-12 and IL-2, but not IL-4, IL-5, IL-6 and IL-10, and modulations of the STAT-1 and p38 MAP kinase signaling pathways...
March 17, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Qiongshu Li, Muyun Liu, Man Wu, Xin Zhou, Shaobin Wang, Yuan Hu, Youfu Wang, Yixin He, Xiaoping Zeng, Junhui Chen, Qubo Liu, Dong Xiao, Xiang Hu, Weibin Liu
Placenta-specific 1 (PLAC1), a novel cancer-testis antigen (CTA), is expressed in a number of different human malignancies. It is frequently produced in breast cancer, serving a function in tumorigenesis. Adoptive immunotherapy using T cell receptor (TCR)-engineered T cells against CTA mediates objective tumor regression; however, to the best of our knowledge, targeting PLAC1 using engineered T cells has not yet been attempted. In the present study, the cDNAs encoding TCRα- and β-chains specific for human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*0201-restricted PLAC1 were cloned from a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte, generated by in vitro by the stimulation of CD8+ T cells using autologous HLA-A2+ dendritic cells loaded with a PLAC1-specific peptide (p28-36, VLCSIDWFM)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Marc-Werner Dobenecker, Joon Seok Park, Jonas Marcello, Michael T McCabe, Richard Gregory, Steven D Knight, Inmaculada Rioja, Anna K Bassil, Rabinder K Prinjha, Alexander Tarakhovsky
Differentiation and activation of T cells require the activity of numerous histone lysine methyltransferases (HMT) that control the transcriptional T cell output. One of the most potent regulators of T cell differentiation is the HMT Ezh2. Ezh2 is a key enzymatic component of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), which silences gene expression by histone H3 di/tri-methylation at lysine 27. Surprisingly, in many cell types, including T cells, Ezh2 is localized in both the nucleus and the cytosol. Here we show the presence of a nuclear-like PRC2 complex in T cell cytosol and demonstrate a role of cytosolic PRC2 in T cell antigen receptor (TCR)-mediated signaling...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Shankar Revu, Jing Wu, Matthew Henkel, Natalie Rittenhouse, Ashley Menk, Greg M Delgoffe, Amanda C Poholek, Mandy J McGeachy
Th17 cells drive autoimmune disease but also control commensal microbes. A common link among antigens from self-proteins or commensal microbiota is relatively low activation of T cell receptor (TCR) and costimulation signaling. Indeed, strong TCR/CD28 stimulation suppressed Th17 cell differentiation from human naive T cells, but not effector/memory cells. CD28 suppressed the classical Th17 transcriptional program, while inducing known Th17 regulators, and acted through an Akt-dependent mechanism. Th17 cells differentiated without CD28 were not anergic: they showed robust proliferation and maintained Th17 cytokine production following restimulation...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Xijun Ou, Jianxin Huo, Yuhan Huang, Yan-Feng Li, Shengli Xu, Kong-Peng Lam
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells develop from CD4+ CD8+ double-positive (DP) thymocytes and express an invariant Vα 14-Jα 18 T-cell receptor (TCR) α-chain. Generation of these cells requires the prolonged survival of DP thymocytes to allow for Vα 14-Jα 18 gene rearrangements and strong TCR signaling to induce the expression of the iNKT lineage-specific transcription factor PLZF. Here, we report that the transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is essential for iNKT cell formation. Thymocytes lacking YY1 displayed a block in iNKT cell development at the earliest progenitor stage...
March 2, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Yu-Fu Ku, Long-Sun Huang, Yi-Kuang Yen
Here, we provide a method and apparatus for real-time compensation of the thermal effect of single free-standing piezoresistive microcantilever-based biosensors. The sensor chip contained an on-chip fixed piezoresistor that served as a temperature sensor, and a multilayer microcantilever with an embedded piezoresistor served as a biomolecular sensor. This method employed the calibrated relationship between the resistance and the temperature of piezoresistors to eliminate the thermal effect on the sensor, including the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and bimorph effect...
February 28, 2018: Biosensors
Anthony J St Leger, Anna M Hansen, Hatice Karauzum, Reiko Horai, Cheng-Rong Yu, Arian Laurence, Katrin D Mayer-Barber, Phyllis Silver, Rafael Villasmil, Charles Egwuagu, Sandip K Datta, Rachel R Caspi
Appropriate regulation of IL-17 production in the host can mean the difference between effective control of pathogens and uncontrolled inflammation that causes tissue damage. Investigation of conventional CD4+ T cells (Th17 cells) has yielded invaluable insights into IL-17 function and its regulation. More recently, we and others reported production of IL-17 from innate αβ+ T cell populations, which was shown to occur primarily via IL-23R signaling through the transcription factor STAT-3. In our current study, we identify promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger (PLZF)-expressing iNKT, CD4- /CD8+ , and CD4- /CD8- (DN) αβ+T cells, which produce IL-17 in response to TCR and IL-1 receptor ligation independently of STAT-3 signaling...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Zhen Bian, Ahmed Mansour Abdelaal, Lei Shi, Hongwei Liang, Lanqiao Xiong, Koby Kidder, Mahathi Venkataramani, Courtney Culpepper, Ke Zen, Yuan Liu
Although previous reports suggest that tumor-induced myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) inhibit T cells by L-arginine depletion through arginase-1 activity, we herein show that arginase-1 is neither inherently expressed in MDSC nor required for MDSC-mediated inhibition. Employing Percoll density gradients, large expansions of MDSC in the bone marrow of tumor-bearing mice were isolated and demonstrated potent inhibition in T cell proliferation activated by TCR-ligation, Concanavalin A, PMA plus ionomycin, or IL-2...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Immunology
Ekaterina A Komech, Mikhail V Pogorelyy, Evgeniy S Egorov, Olga V Britanova, Denis V Rebrikov, Anna G Bochkova, Evgeniya I Shmidt, Nadejda A Shostak, Mikhail Shugay, Sergey Lukyanov, Ilgar Z Mamedov, Yuriy B Lebedev, Dmitriy M Chudakov, Ivan V Zvyagin
Objective: The risk of AS is associated with genomic variants related to antigen presentation and specific cytokine signalling pathways, suggesting the involvement of cellular immunity in disease initiation/progression. The aim of the present study was to explore the repertoire of TCR sequences in healthy donors and AS patients to uncover AS-linked TCR variants. Methods: Using quantitative molecular-barcoded 5'-RACE, we performed deep TCR β repertoire profiling of peripheral blood (PB) and SF samples for 25 AS patients and 108 healthy donors...
February 22, 2018: Rheumatology
Hector Rodriguez Cetina Biefer, Timm Heinbokel, Hirofumi Uehara, Virginia Camacho, Koichiro Minami, Yeqi Nian, Suresh Koduru, Rachid El Fatimy, Ionita Ghiran, Alexander J Trachtenberg, Miguel A de la Fuente, Haruhito Azuma, Omid Akbari, Stefan G Tullius, Anju Vasudevan, Abdallah Elkhal
BACKGROUND: Given their unique capacity for antigen uptake, processing, and presentation, antigen presenting cells (APCs) are critical for initiating and regulating innate and adaptive immune responses. We have previously shown the role of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+ ) in T cell differentiation independently of the cytokine milieu, while the precise mechanisms remained unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to further dissect the mechanism of actions of NAD+ , and to determine the impact of APCs on NAD+ -mediated T cell activation...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Kristin Freudenberg, Nadja Lindner, Sebastian Dohnke, Annette I Garbe, Sonja Schallenberg, Karsten Kretschmer
Under physiological conditions, CD4+ regulatory T (Treg) cells expressing the transcription factor Foxp3 are generated in the thymus [thymus-derived Foxp3+ Treg (tTregs) cells] and extrathymically at peripheral sites [peripherally induced Foxp3+ Treg (pTreg) cell], and both developmental subsets play non-redundant roles in maintaining self-tolerance throughout life. In addition, a variety of experimental in vitro and in vivo modalities can extrathymically elicit a Foxp3+ Treg cell phenotype in peripheral CD4+ Foxp3- T cells, which has attracted much interest as an approach toward cell-based therapy in clinical settings of undesired immune responses...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mikel M Arbulo-Echevarria, Isaac Narbona-Sánchez, Cecilia M Fernandez-Ponce, Inmaculada Vico-Barranco, Mª Dolores Rueda-Ygueravide, Michael L Dustin, Arkadiusz Miazek, Mª Carmen Duran-Ruiz, Francisco García-Cózar, Enrique Aguado
The adaptor protein linker for activation of T cells (LAT) has an essential role transducing activatory intracellular signals coming from the TCR/CD3 complex. Previous reports have shown that upon T-cell activation, LAT interacts with the tyrosine kinase Lck, leading to the inhibition of its kinase activity. LAT-Lck interaction seemed to depend on a stretch of negatively charged amino acids in LAT. Here, we have substituted this segment of LAT between amino acids 113 and 126 with a non-charged segment and expressed the mutant LAT (LAT-NIL) in J...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Gina J Fiala, Susana Minguet
T and B lymphocytes are key players of the adaptive immune system. They recognize pathogenic cues via the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and the B cell antigen receptor (BCR) to get activated and execute their protective function. TCR and BCR signaling are initiated at the plasma membrane and subsequently propagated into the cell, ultimately leading to cell activation and a protective immune response. However, inappropriate activation of T and B cells can be detrimental to the host resulting in autoimmune disorders, immunodeficiencies, and cancer...
2018: Advances in Immunology
A J Davenport, R S Cross, K A Watson, Y Liao, W Shi, H M Prince, P A Beavis, J A Trapani, M H Kershaw, D S Ritchie, P K Darcy, P J Neeson, M R Jenkins
Chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cells are effective serial killers with a faster off-rate from dying tumor cells than CAR-T cells binding target cells through their T cell receptor (TCR). Here we explored the functional consequences of CAR-mediated signaling using a dual-specific CAR-T cell, where the same cell was triggered via TCR (tcrCTL) or CAR (carCTL). The carCTL immune synapse lacked distinct LFA-1 adhesion rings and was less reliant on LFA to form stable conjugates with target cells. carCTL receptors associated with the synapse were found to be disrupted and formed a convoluted multifocal pattern of Lck microclusters...
February 27, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
David Zemmour, Rapolas Zilionis, Evgeny Kiner, Allon M Klein, Diane Mathis, Christophe Benoist
CD4+ T regulatory cells (Treg) are central to immune homeostasis, their phenotypic heterogeneity reflecting the diverse environments and target cells that they regulate. To understand this heterogeneity, we combined single-cell RNA-seq, activation reporter and T cell receptor (TCR) analysis to profile thousands of Treg or conventional CD4+FoxP3- T cells (Tconv) from mouse lymphoid organs and human blood. Treg and Tconv pools showed areas of overlap, as resting 'furtive' Tregs with overall similarity to Tconvs or as a convergence of activated states...
February 12, 2018: Nature Immunology
Fleur Zeldenrust, Pascal Chameau, Wytse J Wadman
Mammalian thalamocortical relay (TCR) neurons switch their firing activity between a tonic spiking and a bursting regime. In a combined experimental and computational study, we investigated the features in the input signal that single spikes and bursts in the output spike train represent and how this code is influenced by the membrane voltage state of the neuron. Identical frozen Gaussian noise current traces were injected into TCR neurons in rat brain slices as well as in a validated three-compartment TCR model cell...
February 12, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
Ashley V Menk, Nicole E Scharping, Rebecca S Moreci, Xue Zeng, Cliff Guy, Sonia Salvatore, Heekyong Bae, Jianxin Xie, Howard A Young, Stacy Gelhaus Wendell, Greg M Delgoffe
To fulfill bioenergetic demands of activation, T cells perform aerobic glycolysis, a process common to highly proliferative cells in which glucose is fermented into lactate rather than oxidized in mitochondria. However, the signaling events that initiate aerobic glycolysis in T cells remain unclear. We show T cell activation rapidly induces glycolysis independent of transcription, translation, CD28, and Akt and not involving increased glucose uptake or activity of glycolytic enzymes. Rather, TCR signaling promotes activation of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 (PDHK1), inhibiting mitochondrial import of pyruvate and facilitating breakdown into lactate...
February 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Sumedha Roy, Amanda J Moore, Cassandra Love, Anupama Reddy, Deepthi Rajagopalan, Sandeep S Dave, Leping Li, Cornelis Murre, Yuan Zhuang
A family of transcription factors known as E proteins, and their antagonists, Id proteins, regulate T cell differentiation at critical developmental checkpoints. Id proteins promote the differentiation of conventional αβ T cells and suppress the expansion of innate-like αβ T cells known as invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. However, it remains to be determined whether Id proteins differentially regulate these distinct lineage choices in early stages of T cell development. In this manuscript, we report that in Id-deficient mice, uninhibited activity of the E protein family member E2A mediates activation of genes that support iNKT cell development and function...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jin Yan Yap, Rushika C Wirasinha, Anna Chan, Debbie R Howard, Christopher C Goodnow, Stephen R Daley
Acquisition of T cell central tolerance involves distinct pathways of self-antigen presentation to thymocytes. One pathway termed indirect presentation requires a self-antigen transfer step from thymic epithelial cells (TECs) to bone marrow (BM)-derived cells before the self-antigen is presented to thymocytes. The role of indirect presentation in central tolerance is context-dependent, potentially due to variation in self-antigen expression, processing and presentation in the thymus. Here, we report experiments in mice in which TECs expressed a membrane-bound transgenic self-antigen, hen egg lysozyme (HEL), from either the insulin (insHEL) or thyroglobulin (thyroHEL) promoter...
February 7, 2018: Immunology
Katarzyna I Jankowska, Edward K Williamson, Nathan H Roy, Daniel Blumenthal, Vidhi Chandra, Tobias Baumgart, Janis K Burkhardt
Full T cell activation requires coordination of signals from multiple receptor-ligand pairs that interact in parallel at a specialized cell-cell contact site termed the immunological synapse (IS). Signaling at the IS is intimately associated with actin dynamics; T cell receptor (TCR) engagement induces centripetal flow of the T cell actin network, which in turn enhances the function of ligand-bound integrins by promoting conformational change. Here, we have investigated the effects of integrin engagement on actin flow, and on associated signaling events downstream of the TCR...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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