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Lymphoid organ

Maliha Khan, Rabbia Siddiqi, Kiran Naqvi
Mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) is an uncommon diagnosis, representing only about 2-5% of acute leukemia cases. The blast cells of MPAL express multilineage immunophenotypic markers and may have a shared B/T/myeloid phenotype. Due to historical ambiguity in the diagnosis of MPAL, the genetics and clinical features of this disease remain poorly characterized. Based on the 2008 and 2016 World Health Organization classifications, myeloid lineage is best determined by presence of myeloperoxidase, while B and T lymphoid lineages are demonstrated by CD19 and cytoplasmic CD3 expression...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Kenji Nishida, Yuka Gion, Mai Takeuchi, Takehiro Tanaka, Tatsuki R Kataoka, Tadashi Yoshino, Yasuharu Sato
Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related disease is characterized by elevated serum IgG4 levels and increased numbers of IgG4-positive cells. However, its pathogenesis is not fully understood. We previously suggested that mast cells may play an important role in IgG4-related disease. In this study, we confirmed the characteristics of mast cells in IgG4-related lymphadenopathy by using immunohistochemistry and dual immunofluorescence. We analyzed 23 cases of IgG4-related lymphadenopathy and compared them with 23 cases of non-specific lymphoid hyperplasia...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Anne M Stowman, Alexandra W Hickman, Ileana S Mauldin, Adela Mahmutovic, Alejandro A Gru, Craig L Slingluff
Desmoplastic melanomas (DM) have unique and challenging clinical presentations and histomorphology. A characteristic feature is the presence of scattered lymphoid aggregates. However, the nature of these aggregates is not defined. We hypothesized that they may be tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS), and may be associated with programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. We searched our tissue database for 'pure' DMs and for scars as control tissues, collected clinical information, and reviewed H&E histology...
March 13, 2018: Melanoma Research
Olivia Ihedioha, Anne A Blanchard, Jyoti Balhara, Ifeoma Okwor, Ping Jia, Jude Uzonna, Yvonne Myal
The prolactin-inducible protein (PIP) is considered a valuable biomarker that is associated with both benign and malignant pathological conditions of the mammary gland. The function of PIP in breast tumorigenesis remains unknown; however, evidence from our laboratory and others suggest that it regulates host immunity. Studies with PIP-deficient (PIP-/- ) mice demonstrated significantly lower numbers of CD4+ T cells in their secondary lymphoid organs, impaired Th1 response, and impaired nitric oxide (NO) production...
March 13, 2018: Immunologic Research
Hanaa Safya, Amine Mellouk, Julie Legrand, Sylvain M Le Gall, Mohcine Benbijja, Colette Kanellopoulos-Langevin, Jean M Kanellopoulos, Pierre Bobé
A previous report has shown that regulatory T cells (Treg) were markedly more sensitive to adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) than conventional T cells (Tconv). Another one has shown that Tregs and CD45RBlow Tconvs, but not CD45RBhigh Tconvs, displayed similar high sensitivity to ATP. We have previously reported that CD45RBlow Tconvs expressing B220/CD45RABC molecules in a pre-apoptotic stage are resistant to ATP stimulation due to the loss of P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) membrane expression. To gain a clearer picture on T-cell sensitivity to ATP, we have quantified four different cellular activities triggered by ATP in mouse T cells at different stages of activation/differentiation, in correlation with levels of P2X7R membrane expression...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Monica Vaccari, Genoveffa Franchini
Germinal centers (GCs) are organized lymphoid tissue microstructures where B cells proliferate and differentiate into memory B cells and plasma cells. A few distinctive subsets of highly specialized T cells gain access to the GCs by expressing the B cell zone-homing C-X-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CXCR5) while losing the T cell zone-homing chemokine receptor CCR7. Help from T cells is critical to induce B cell proliferation and somatic hyper mutation and to limit GC reactions. CD4+ T follicular helper (TFH ) cells required for the formation of GCs and for the generation of long-lived, high-affinity B cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
W H Hou, P Wei, J L Xie, Y Y Zheng, Y L Zhang, X G Zhou
Objective: To investigate clinicopathological features and prognosis of tonsillar mantle cell lymphoma(TMCL). Methods: Clinical data of 25 patients with TMCL at Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University from 2002 to 2016 were included. All the cases were reviewed microscopically. Various immunohistochemical stains were performed using the MaxVision two-step method. IgH/CCND1 gene fusion was detected by fluorescent in situ hybridization(FISH). Additionally, randomly selected 40 cases of non-tonsil MCL of the same period were compared...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Weihua Hou, Ping Wei, Jianlan Xie, Yuanyuan Zheng, Yanlin Zhang, Xiaoge Zhou
This study concerning mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) investigated retrospectively an association between patient prognosis and the percentage of the total number of lymphoma cells found in the follicular dendritic cell (FDC) meshwork, that is, the degree of overlap of lymphoma cells. Two hundred and nine MCL patients were apportioned to grades I-III, in which the CD21-positive FDC meshwork covered ≤50%, 51%-89%, and ≥90% of the tumor area, respectively. Significant differences among the grades (all, P < 0...
February 21, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
Javier Fernández Cotrina, Virginia Iniesta, Isabel Monroy, Victoria Baz, Christophe Hugnet, Francisco Marañon, Mercedes Fabra, Luis Carlos Gómez-Nieto, Carlos Alonso
Canine leishmaniosis is a zoonotic disease caused by Leishmania infantum. Extensive research is currently ongoing to develop safe and effective vaccines to protect from disease development. The European Commission has granted a marketing authorization for LetiFend®, a new vaccine containing recombinant Protein Q. The efficacy of LetiFend® vaccination in a large-scale dog population of both sexes, different breeds and ages in endemic areas is reported in this multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled field trial...
March 7, 2018: Vaccine
S D Sara Diani
Chronic diseases are defined diseases whose symptoms last for at least six months and tend to worsen over time. In Europe, they cause at least 86% of deaths. In this speculative unifying model I set a new hypothesis for the etiology of the majority of chronic diseases. The main aim is to put order and observe our organism in a systemic way, connecting pathologies we now see as disconnected phenomena, with the conceptual frameworks of complex systems and network medicine. Chronic diseases could be caused by a first unsolved acute infection...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Jacques Robert
Although the amphibian Xenopus laevis produces antibodies as diversified as those from mammals in the primary repertoire, antibody affinity maturation after immunization is relatively poor and has been associated with a poor B cell selection of AID-mediated hypermutations and lack of germinal centers in the spleen, the only secondary lymphoid organ of this amphibian. In this issue of the European Journal of Immunology, Neely et al., [Eur. J. Immunol. 2018. 48: 430-440] have unveiled the role of distinctive dendritic cell (DC) subset, XL cells, which have the capacity to acquire and retain native antigens for B cell maturation...
March 2018: European Journal of Immunology
Josefine Radke, Randi Koll, Corinna Preuße, Debora Pehl, Kremena Todorova, Constanze Schönemann, Yves Allenbach, Eleonora Aronica, Marianne de Visser, Frank L Heppner, Joachim Weis, Soroush Doostkam, Thierry Maisonobe, Olivier Benveniste, Hans-Hilmar Goebel, Werner Stenzel
Objective: To study the B-cell content, organization, and existence of distinct B-cell subpopulations in relation to the expression of type 1 interferon signature related genes in dermatomyositis (DM). Methods: Evaluation of skeletal muscle biopsies from patients with adult DM (aDM) and juvenile DM (jDM) by histology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and quantitative reverse-transcription PCR. Results: We defined 3 aDM subgroups-classic (containing occasional B cells without clusters), B-cell-rich, and follicle-like aDM-further elucidating IM B-lymphocyte maturation and immunity...
May 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Wonyong Lee, Gap Ryol Lee
Regulatory T (Treg) cells are a distinct subset of CD4+ T cells. Instead of triggering adaptive immunity, they suppress immune responses. Small numbers of Treg cells reside within lymphoid organs and peripheral tissues, but their contribution to immune tolerance is so significant that defects in Treg cell function cause catastrophic immune disorders. Since they were first discovered 20 years ago, efforts have been made to understand the differences in developmental processes between Treg cells and conventional T cells that determine the ultimate fate of the overall T-cell population...
March 9, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Shinya Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Matsuo, Daisuke Nagakubo, Shintaro Higashiyama, Keiji Nishiwaki, Naoki Oiso, Akira Kawada, Osamu Yoshie, Takashi Nakayama
CCR4 is a major chemokine receptor expressed by Treg cells that downregulate immune responses. Here, we investigated the role of CCR4-mediated Treg cell recruitment in antigen-specific immune responses. CCR4-deficient mice immunized intramuscularly with ovalbumin (OVA) showed enhanced OVA-specific IgG responses. Furthermore, intramuscular administration of OVA induced the expression of MDC/CCL22, a ligand for CCR4, in macrophages of the muscle tissues, and enhanced the recruitment of CCR4+ Treg cells in wild-type mice, whereas this recruitment of Treg cells was severely impaired in CCR4-deficient mice...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Racheal Mwenda, Katendi Changula, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Nozyechi Chidumayo, Alfred S Mangani, Titus Kaira, Ayato Takada, Aaron S Mweene, Edgar Simulundu
Infectious bursal disease (IBD) is a highly contagious, immunosuppressive disease of chickens and causes substantial economic losses to the poultry industry globally. This study investigated the genetic characteristics and pathological lesions induced by IBD viruses (IBDVs) that were associated with sixty suspected outbreaks in chickens during 2015-2016 in Lusaka Province, Zambia. Nucleotide sequences of VP2 hypervariable region (VP2-HVR) (n=38) and part of VP1 (n=37) of Zambian IBDVs were phylogenetically analysed...
March 8, 2018: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
Takwa Bedhiafi, Kamel Charradi, Mouna Ben Azaiz, Mohamed Mahmoudi, Issam Msakni, Khawla Jebari, Ammar Bouziani, Ferid Limam, Ezzedine Aouani
Spleen is the largest lymphoid organ and obesity is related to an elevated risk of immunity dysfunction and the mechanism whereby fat adversely affects the spleen is poorly understood. This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of grape seed and skin extract (GSSE) and orlistat (Xenical, Xe) on high fat diet (HFD)-induced spleen lipotoxicity. Obese rats were treated either with GSSE (4 g/kg bw) or Xe (2 mg/kg bw) or GSSE + Xe and monitored for weight loss during 3 months. Animals were then sacrificed and their spleen used for the evaluation of lipotoxicity-induced oxidative stress and inflammation as well as the putative protection afforded by GSSE and Xe treatment...
March 7, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Khawar Ali Shahzad, Xin Wan, Lei Zhang, Weiya Pei, Aifeng Zhang, Muhammad Younis, Wei Wang, Chuanlai Shen
Biomimetic nanoparticles have been reported as immune modulators in autoimmune diseases and allograft rejections by numerous researchers. However, most of the therapeutics carrying antigens, toxins or cytokines underlay the mechanism of antigen presentation by cellular uptake of NPs through pinocytosis and phagocytosis. Few researches focus on the direct and antigen-specific modulation on T cells by NPs and combined use of multiple regulatory molecules. Here, polylactic-co-glycolic acid nanoparticles (PLGA-NPs) were fabricated as scaffold to cocoupling H-2Kb -Ig dimer, anti-Fas mAb, PD-L1-Fc, TGF-β and CD47-Fc for the generation of alloantigen-presenting and tolerance-inducing NPs, termed killer NPs and followed by i...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Whittney N Burda, Karen E Brenneman, Amanda Gonzales, Roy Curtiss
The vast majority of live attenuated typhoid vaccines are constructed from the Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi strain Ty2, which is devoid of a functioning alternative sigma factor, RpoS, due to the presence of a frameshift mutation. RpoS is a specialized sigma factor that plays an important role in the general stress response of a number of Gram-negative organisms, including Salmonella . Previous studies have demonstrated that this sigma factor is necessary for survival following exposure to acid, hydrogen peroxide, nutrient-limiting conditions, and starvation...
January 2018: MSphere
Faisal Inayat, Ghias Ul Hassan, Ghias Un Nabi Tayyab, Muhammad Wasif Saif
Post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLDs) are lymphoid proliferations or lymphomas that are the second most common tumors in adult transplant recipients. Most cases of PTLD are attributed to Epstein-Barr virus, which induces B-cell proliferation and occurs in the setting of severe immunosuppression after solid organ or bone marrow transplantation. The disorder is seen in 1-3% of liver transplant recipients and has a variable presentation chronology. Herein, we chronicle a case of aggressive B-cell lymphoma (PTLD WHO class-3) presenting with isolated gastrointestinal involvement in an Epstein-Barr virus-negative patient with living-donor liver transplantation, 4 years after receiving the transplant...
March 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Keishi Adachi, Yosuke Kano, Tomohiko Nagai, Namiko Okuyama, Yukimi Sakoda, Koji Tamada
Infiltration, accumulation, and survival of chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cells in solid tumors is crucial for tumor clearance. We engineered CAR-T cells to express interleukin (IL)-7 and CCL19 (7 × 19 CAR-T cells), as these factors are essential for the maintenance of T-cell zones in lymphoid organs. In mice, 7 × 19 CAR-T cells achieved complete regression of pre-established solid tumors and prolonged mouse survival, with superior anti-tumor activity compared to conventional CAR-T cells. Histopathological analyses showed increased infiltration of dendritic cells (DC) and T cells into tumor tissues following 7 × 19 CAR-T cell therapy...
March 5, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
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