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Follicular helper T cells

Mitsuhiro Akiyama, Tsutomu Takeuchi
IgG4-related disease is a heterogeneous immune-mediated fibroinflammatory condition that can affect every single organ. This disease is more prevalent in the elderly (the mean age of patients is above 60 years) and the prevalence rate is estimated to be over 4.6 per 100,000 population. Before making a diagnosis, the exclusion of malignancies, lymphoma, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis, multicentric Castleman disease, and other mimickers is crucial for appropriate treatment. Broad management guidelines have been published emphasizing the need for prompt treatment and the use of glucocorticoids as first-line drug therapy for induction of remission...
March 15, 2018: Drugs & Aging
Dalia E Gaddis, Lindsey E Padgett, Runpei Wu, Chantel McSkimming, Veronica Romines, Angela M Taylor, Coleen A McNamara, Mitchell Kronenberg, Shane Crotty, Michael J Thomas, Mary G Sorci-Thomas, Catherine C Hedrick
Regulatory T (Treg) cells contribute to the anti-inflammatory response during atherogenesis. Here we show that during atherogenesis Treg cells lose Foxp3 expression and their immunosuppressive function, leading to the conversion of a fraction of these cells into T follicular helper (Tfh) cells. We show that Tfh cells are pro-atherogenic and that their depletion reduces atherosclerosis. Mechanistically, the conversion of Treg cells to Tfh cells correlates with reduced expression of IL-2Rα and pSTAT5 levels and increased expression of IL-6Rα...
March 15, 2018: Nature Communications
David Vallois, Aurélie Dupuy, Francois Lemonnier, George Allen, Edoardo Missiaglia, Virginie Fataccioli, Nicolas Ortonne, Aline Clavert, Richard Delarue, Marie-Christine Rousselet, Bettina Fabiani, Francisco Llamas-Gutierrez, Seishi Ogawa, Margot Thome, Young Hyeh Ko, Keisuke Kataoka, Philippe Gaulard, Laurence de Leval
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March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Xiaowen Wang, Qingyang Dong, Qian Li, Yuanyuan Li, Dianyuan Zhao, Jinjie Sun, Junliang Fu, Fanping Meng, Hu Lin, Junjie Luan, Biao Liu, Min Wang, Fusheng Wang, Fuchu He, Li Tang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Production of neutralizing antibodies against hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is dysregulated in patients with persistent hepatitis V virus (HBV) infection. We investigated mechanisms by which this immune response to the virus is disrupted and whether it can be restored to promote clearance of HBV. METHODS: Immune-competent C57BL/6N and C57BL/6J, as well as mice deficient in follicular helper T cells (Tfh cell-deficient), B cells, or Foxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Treg cell-deficient), were given hydrodynamic injections of pAAV/HBV1...
March 12, 2018: Gastroenterology
Maria Vono, Christiane Sigrid Eberhardt, Elodie Mohr, Floriane Auderset, Dennis Christensen, Mirco Schmolke, Rhea Coler, Andreas Meinke, Peter Andersen, Paul-Henri Lambert, Beatris Mastelic-Gavillet, Claire-Anne Siegrist
Neonates and infants are more vulnerable to infections and show reduced responses to vaccination. Consequently, repeated immunizations are required to induce protection and early life vaccines against major pathogens such as influenza are yet unavailable. Formulating antigens with potent adjuvants, including immunostimulators and delivery systems, is a demonstrated approach to enhance vaccine efficacy. Yet, adjuvants effective in adults may not meet the specific requirements for activating the early life immune system...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
James L Quinn, Gaurav Kumar, Agnieshka Agasing, Rose M Ko, Robert C Axtell
Both T cells and B cells are implicated in the pathology of multiple sclerosis (MS), but how these cells cooperate to drive disease remains unclear. Recent studies using experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) demonstrated that the TH17 pathway is correlated with increased numbers of ectopic B-cell follicles in the central nervous system (CNS). As follicular T helper (TFH) cells are regulators of B cell responses, we sought to examine the role of TFH cells in EAE induced by the transfer of myelin-specific TH17 cells (TH17-EAE)...
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
Valter R Fonseca, Vasco C Romão, Ana Agua-Doce, João Eurico Fonseca, Luis Graca
We are excited to find that most of our conclusions (1) were replicated in an independent larger primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) cohort, as reported by Verstappen et al in their Letter (Verstappen G et al, Arthritis & Rheumatology, in press). Indeed, our colleagues were also able to demonstrate that the ratio of blood T follicular regulatory (Tfr) / T follicular helper (Tfh) cells were increased in pSS patients, and specifically within pSS patients with focus score (FS) ≥ 1, supporting its discriminative value for the diagnosis of pSS...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Peter T Sage, Frank A Schildberg, Raymond A Sobel, Vijay K Kuchroo, Gordon J Freeman, Arlene H Sharpe
The programmed death (PD)-1 coinhibitory receptor regulates the balance between T cell activation and tolerance. Although the PD-1 ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, are expressed on a variety of cell types, the cell type-specific functions of PD-1 ligands in inducing signals through PD-1 are unknown. In this study, we use PD-L1 conditional knockout mice to investigate the cell type-specific functions of PD-L1. We demonstrate that PD-L1 expressed on dendritic cells (DCs), and to a lesser extent on B cells, attenuates the progression of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and inhibits naive and effector T cells...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yongxia Wu, Steven Schutt, Katelyn Paz, Mengmeng Zhang, Ryan P Flynn, David Bastian, M Hanief Sofi, Hung Nguyen, Min Dai, Chen Liu, Ying-Jun Chang, Bruce R Blazar, Xue-Zhong Yu
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is characterized as autoimmune-like fibrosis and antibody production mediated by pathogenic T-cells and B-cells. MicroRNA (miR)-17-92 influences the survival, differentiation and function of lymphocytes in cancer, infections and autoimmunity. To determine whether miR-17-92 regulates T- and B-cell responses in cGVHD, we generated mice conditionally deficient for miR-17-92 in T-cells, B-cells, or both. Using murine models of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT), we demonstrate that expression of miR-17-92 in donor T- and B-cells is essential for the induction of both scleroderma and bronchiolitis obliterans in cGVHD...
March 12, 2018: Blood
Liannv Qiu, Yonglie Zhou, Qinhua Yu, Sujie Zheng, Zhenni Wang, Qiang Huang
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is characterized by an abnormal expansion of mature B cells with variable progression. Follicular T helper (Tfh) cells help B cells differentiate into plasma cells or long-lived memory B cells in germinal centres (GCs). However, the role of Tfh cells in CLL is poorly understand, and whether it plays a critical role in disease progression in vivo is lacking. In this study, we investigate the dynamic change of circulating Tfh cells in peripheral blood from patients with CLL during the treatment periods to evaluate their utility to predict disease progression...
March 8, 2018: Immunology Letters
Mark L Lang
Vaccination with CD1d-binding glycolipid adjuvants and co-administered protein, lipid, and carbohydrate antigens leads to invariant natural killer T (NKT) cell-dependent enhancement of protective B cell responses. NKT cell activation boosts the establishment of protein antigen-specific B cell memory and long-lived plasma cell (LLPC) compartments. NKT cells may exert a similar effect on some carbohydrate-specific B cells, but not lipid-specific B cells. The mechanisms of action of NKT cells on B cell responsiveness and subsequent differentiation into memory B cells and LLPC is dependent on CD1d expression by dendritic cells and B cells that can co-present glycolipids on CD1d and antigen-derived peptide on MHCII...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Fang Gong, Hua-Yan Zhu, Jie Zhu, Qiao-Jing Dong, Xuan Huang, Dong-Jin Jiang
The pathogenesis of allergic asthma is primarily characterized by abnormality in immunoglobin(Ig)E pathway, suggesting a possible role for follicular helper T cells (Tfh) in the genesis of excessive IgE accumulation. The blood chemokine (C-X-C motif) receptor 5 (CXCR)5+ CD4+ T cells, known as "circulating" Tfh, share common functional characteristics with Tfh cells from germinal centers. The aim of this study was to determine the phenotypes and functions of circulating CXCR5+ CD4+ T cells in allergic asthmatics...
March 5, 2018: Immunology Letters
P Fallahi, R Foddis, G Elia, F Ragusa, A Patrizio, S Benvenga, A Cristaudo, A Antonelli, S M Ferrari
Vanadium is a grey metal, existing in different states of oxidation, whose most common form in commercial products is vanadium pentoxide (V2O5). All vanadium compounds have been considered toxic. A carcinogenic role of vanadium on the thyroid has recently been proposed. However no in vivo or in vitro studies have evaluated thyroid disruption in humans and/or animals after exposure to vanadium. In the present study we evaluate the effect of V2O5 on proliferation, and chemokine secretion in normal thyrocytes...
March 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
Chien-Chia Chen, Alice Koenig, Carole Saison, Suzan Dahdal, Guillaume Rigault, Thomas Barba, Morgan Taillardet, Dimitri Chartoire, Michel Ovize, Emmanuel Morelon, Thierry Defrance, Olivier Thaunat
Antibody-mediated rejection is currently the leading cause of transplant failure. Prevailing dogma predicts that B cells differentiate into anti-donor-specific antibody (DSA)-producing plasma cells only with the help of CD4+ T cells. Yet, previous studies have shown that dependence on helper T cells decreases when high amounts of protein antigen are recruited to the spleen, two conditions potentially met by organ transplantation. This could explain why a significant proportion of transplant recipients develop DSA despite therapeutic immunosuppression...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Devon K Taylor, Nanette Mittereder, Ellen Kuta, Tracy Delaney, Timothy Burwell, Karma Dacosta, Weiguang Zhao, Lily I Cheng, Charles Brown, Anmarie Boutrin, Xiang Guo, Wendy I White, Jie Zhu, Huifang Dong, Michael A Bowen, Jia Lin, Changshou Gao, Li Yu, Madhu Ramaswamy, Marie-Claude Gaudreau, Rob Woods, Ronald Herbst, Gianluca Carlesso
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a debilitating inflammatory and fibrotic disease that affects the skin and internal organs. Although the pathophysiology of SSc remains poorly characterized, mononuclear cells, mainly macrophages and T cells, have been implicated in inflammation and fibrosis. Inducible costimulator (ICOS), which is expressed on a subset of memory T helper (TH ) and T follicular helper (TFH ) cells, has been shown to be increased in SSc and associated with disease pathology. However, the identity of the relevant ICOS+ T cells and their contribution to inflammation and fibrosis in SSc are still unknown...
March 7, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Yang Liu, Yin Yao, Zhi-Chao Wang, Qing Ning, Zheng Liu
Host immunity (innate and adaptive immunity) plays essential roles in the pathogenesis of inflammatory upper airway diseases including allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis. Recently, the discovery of novel innate immune cells, particularly innate lymphoid cells, has renewed our view on the role of innate immunity in inflammatory upper airway diseases. Meanwhile, the identification of new subsets of T helper (Th) cells including Th22, Th9 and follicular Th cells, and regulatory B cells in the adaptive immunity has broadened our knowledge on the complex immune networks in inflammatory upper airway diseases...
March 7, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Olivier Désy, Stéphanie Béland, Patrice Vallin, Julie Riopel, Eva Latulippe, Eric Wagner, Sacha A De Serres
Follicular helper T cells (Tfh) are crucial for the production of high-affinity antibodies, such as alloantibodies, by providing the signals for B-cell proliferation and differentiation. Here, we demonstrate that human allogeneic dendritic cells (DC) stimulated with antibodies against HLA class II antigens preferentially differentiate human naive CD4+ T cells into Tfh cells. Following coculture with DCs treated with these antibodies, CD4+ T cells expressed CXCR5, ICOS, IL-21, Bcl-6 and phosphorylated STAT3...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Megan S F Soon, Ashraful Haque
CD4+ Th cell differentiation is crucial for protecting against blood-stage Plasmodium parasites, the causative agents of malaria. It has been known for decades that more than one type of Th cell develops during this infection, with early models proposing a biphasic Th1/Th2 model of differentiation. Over the past decade, a large body of research, in particular, reports over the past 2-3 y, have revealed substantial complexity in the Th differentiation program during Plasmodium infection. In this article, we review how several studies employing mouse models of malaria, and recent human studies, have redefined the process of Th differentiation, with a particular focus on Th1 and T follicular helper (Tfh) cells...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Mohammad Arif Rahman, Katherine M McKinnon, Tatiana S Karpova, David A Ball, David J Venzon, Wenjin Fan, Guobin Kang, Qingsheng Li, Marjorie Robert-Guroff
Follicular CD8+ T (fCD8) cells reside within B cell follicles and are thought to be immune-privileged sites of HIV/SIV infection. We have observed comparable levels of fCD8 cells between chronically SIV-infected rhesus macaques with low viral loads (LVL) and high viral loads (HVL), raising the question concerning their contribution to viremia control. In this study, we sought to clarify the role of SIV-specific fCD8 cells in lymph nodes during the course of SIV infection in rhesus macaques. We observed that fCD8 cells, T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, and T follicular regulatory cells (Tfreg) were all elevated in chronic SIV infection...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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