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T cell inhibitory pathway

Philippe Gauthier, Zongdong Yu, Quynh T Tran, Fazal-Ur-Rehman Bhatti, Xiaofei Zhu, George T-J Huang
Regeneration of periodontal tissues, particularly cementum, is key to regaining periodontal attachment and health. Human periodontal ligament stem cells (hPDLSCs) have been shown to be a good cell source to regenerate periodontal tissues. However, their subpopulations and the differentiation induction in relation to cementogenic lineages is unclear. Thus, we aim to examine the expression of cementum-associated genes in PDLSC subpopulations and determine the effect of broadly used osteogenic stimulus or vitamin C (VC) on the expression of cementogenic and osteogenic genes in PDLSCs...
October 18, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Huiting Su, Ning Na, Xiaodong Zhang, Yong Zhao
CD74 (MHC class II invariant chain, Ii) is a non-polymorphic type II transmembrane glycoprotein. It is clear that, in addition to be an MHC class II chaperone, CD74 has a diversity of biological functions in physiological and pathological situations. CD74 also participates in other non-MHC II protein trafficking, such as angiotensin II type I receptor. In addition, CD74 is a cell membrane high-affinity receptor for macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), D-dopachrome tautomerase (D-DT/MIF-2) and bacterial proteins...
October 17, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Katarzyna Lebida, Jerzy W Mozrzymas
Experience and learning in adult primary somatosensory cortex are known to affect neuronal circuits by modifying both excitatory and inhibitory transmission. Synaptic plasticity phenomena provide a key substrate for cognitive processes, but precise description of the cellular and molecular correlates of learning is hampered by multiplicity of these mechanisms in various projections and in different types of neurons. Herein, we investigated the impact of associative learning on neuronal plasticity in distinct types of postsynaptic neurons by checking the impact of classical conditioning (pairing whisker stroking with tail shock) on the spike timing-dependent plasticity (t-LTP and t-LTD) in the layer IV to II/III vertical pathway of the mouse barrel cortex...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
A K S Salama, S J Moschos
BACKGROUND: Cancers escape immune surveillance via distinct mechanisms that involve central (negative selection within the thymus) or peripheral (lack of costimulation, receipt of death/anergic signals by tumor, immunoregulatory cell populations) immune tolerance. During the 1990s, moderate clinical benefit was seen using several cytokine therapies for a limited number of cancers. Over the past 20 years, extensive research has been performed to understand the role of various components of peripheral immune tolerance, with the co-inhibitory immune checkpoint molecules cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4), programmed death 1 (PD-1), and its ligand (PD-L1) being the most well characterized at preclinical and clinical levels...
October 13, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Yue Xu, Boyu Yang, Yaguang Hu, Lin Lu, Xi Lu, Jiawei Wang, Qinmeng Shu, Qiaochu Cheng, Shanshan Yu, Fan Xu, Jingjing Huang, Xiaoling Liang
Down syndrome candidate region 1 (DSCR1) has two differentially regulated isoforms (DSCR1-1 and DSCR1-4) and is reported to play a role in a number of physiological processes, such as the inhibition of cardiac hypertrophy, attenuation of angiogenesis and carcinogenesis, and protection against neuronal death. However, the function of DSCR1 in the retina is still not clear. Therefore, we analyzed the expression and location of DSCR1 in the retina of neonatal mice with oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR), and studied its effects on angiogenesis...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Sana Saif Ur Rehman, Suresh S Ramalingam
Advanced stage nonsmall cell lung cancer had been treated mainly with platinum-based doublet chemotherapy, and other cytotoxic agents that offered significant survival advantage over best supportive care, until recently. Modest improvements were achieved with the addition of antibodies targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor, and the introduction of maintenance chemotherapy. Improvements in our knowledge of lung cancer biology have shifted the current treatment paradigm from being based on histology to one based on molecular biomarkers...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Anna Cecília Dias Maciel Carneiro, Isadora Caixeta da Silveira, Arthur Silva Rezende, Bruna Raphaela Oliveira Silva, Virgínia Oliveira Crema
BACKGROUND: Oral squamous cell carcinoma is extremely invasive, this behavior is regulated by binding of extracellular molecules to the cell membrane receptors. The TKI-258 inhibits phosphorylation of FGFRs VEGFRs and PDGFRs. Our aim was to analyze the effect of TKI-258 treatment in cell movement by using SCC-4 cell line from human oral squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: F-actin was stained with rhodamine phalloidin and confocal analysis was performed. The migration and invasion (membrane covered with Matrigel(TM) ) three-dimensional assays were performed, control and cells treated with TKI-258 that migrated through the membrane were counted after 24 h...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
Ya-Hui Chiu, Edward Schwarz, Dongge Li, Yuexin Xu, Tzong-Ren Sheu, Jinbo Li, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Changyong Feng, Baoli Wang, Jhih-Cheng Wang, Liz Albertorio-Saez, Ronald Wood, Minsoo Kim, Wensheng Wang, Christopher T Ritchlin
DC-STAMP is a multi-pass transmembrane protein essential for cell-cell fusion of osteoclast precursors during osteoclast (OC) development. DC-STAMP-/- mice have mild osteopetrosis and form mononuclear cells with limited resorption capacity. The identification of an Immunoreceptor Tyrosine-based Inhibitory Motif (ITIM) on the cytoplasmic tail of DC-STAMP suggested a potential signaling function but the absence of known DC-STAMP ligand has hindered examination of downstream signaling pathways. To address this problem, we engineered a light-activatable DC-STAMP chimeric molecule in which light exposure mimics ligand engagement that can be traced by downstream Ca2+ signaling...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Silvia Torices, Antonio Julia, Pedro Muñoz, Ignacio Varela, Alejandro Balsa, Sara Marsal, Antonio Fernández-Nebro, Francisco Blanco, Marcos López-Hoyos, Víctor Martinez-Taboada, Jose L Fernández-Luna
BACKGROUND: Toll-like receptor (TLR) family members are key players in inflammation. TLR10 has been poorly studied in chronic inflammatory disorders, and its clinical relevance in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is as yet unknown. We aimed at identifying TLR10 variants within all coding regions of the gene in patients with RA as well as studying their functional and clinical significance. METHODS: TLR10 gene variants were studied by performing sequencing of 66 patients with RA and 30 control subjects...
October 4, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Bruno J Conti, Karina B Santiago, Eliza O Cardoso, Paula P Freire, Robson F Carvalho, Marjorie A Golim, José M Sforcin
OBJECTIVES: Dendritic cells (DCs) are antigen-presenting cells, essential for recognition and presentation of pathogens to T cells. Propolis, a resinous material produced by bees from various plants, exhibits numerous biological properties, highlighting its immunomodulatory action. Here, we assayed the effects of propolis on the maturation and function of human DCs. METHODS: DCs were generated from human monocytes and incubated with propolis and LPS. NF-κB and cytokines production were determined by ELISA...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Rebecca L Eccles, Maciej T Czajkowski, Carolin Barth, Paul Markus Müller, Erik McShane, Stephan Grunwald, Patrick Beaudette, Nora Mecklenburg, Rudolf Volkmer, Kerstin Zühlke, Gunnar Dittmar, Matthias Selbach, Annette Hammes, Oliver Daumke, Enno Klussmann, Sylvie Urbé, Oliver Rocks
Protein kinase A is a key mediator of cAMP signalling downstream of G-protein-coupled receptors, a signalling pathway conserved in all eukaryotes. cAMP binding to the regulatory subunits (PKAR) relieves their inhibition of the catalytic subunits (PKAC). Here we report that ARHGAP36 combines two distinct inhibitory mechanisms to antagonise PKA signalling. First, it blocks PKAC activity via a pseudosubstrate motif, akin to the mechanism employed by the protein kinase inhibitor proteins. Second, it targets PKAC for rapid ubiquitin-mediated lysosomal degradation, a pathway usually reserved for transmembrane receptors...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Chi-Hao Wu, Hsin-Yuan Chen, Chia-Woei Wang, Tzong-Ming Shieh, Tsui-Chin Huang, Li-Chun Lin, Kai-Lee Wang, Shih-Min Hsia
Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer in women, typically with onset after menopause. Isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a licorice flavonoid, was previously shown to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and tumor suppression effects. In this study, we investigated the anti-tumor effect of ISL on human endometrial cancer both in vitro and in vivo. We used telomerase-immortalized human endometrial stromal cells (T-HESCs) and human endometrial cancer cell lines (Ishikawa, HEC-1A, and RL95-2 cells) as targets. The effects of ISL on cell proliferation, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis or autophagy-related protein expression were examined...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Judith Feucht, Simone Kayser, David Gorodezki, Mohamad Hamieh, Michaela Döring, Franziska Blaeschke, Patrick Schlegel, Hans Bösmüller, Leticia Quintanilla-Fend, Martin Ebinger, Peter Lang, Rupert Handgretinger, Tobias Feuchtinger
T-cell immunotherapies are promising options in relapsed/refractory B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We investigated the effect of co-signaling molecules on T-cell attack against leukemia mediated by CD19/CD3-bispecific T-cell engager. Primary CD19+ ALL blasts (n≥10) and physiologic CD19+CD10+ bone marrow precursors were screened for 20 co-signaling molecules. PD-L1, PD-1, LAG-3, CD40, CD86, CD27, CD70 and HVEM revealed different stimulatory and inhibitory profiles of pediatric ALL compared to physiologic cells, with PD-L1 and CD86 as most prominent inhibitory and stimulatory markers...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Paulina Własiuk, Maciej Putowski, Krzysztof Giannopoulos
The appropriate function of the immune system depends on the effective regulation of the immune response on multiple levels. The key element of an effective immune response to antigenic stimulation is maintaining a homeostasis between activation and inhibitory function of immunocompetent cells and molecules. In pathological conditions such as chronic infections, autoimmune diseases or cancer there are significant alterations, and prevalence of signals of one type over another. Main markers of these dysfunctions are altered expressions of molecules, such as programmed death-1 (PD-1), Human Leukocyte Antigen G (HLA-G), or changed percentages of T regulatory cells (Treg)...
October 4, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Tristan Courau, Djamel Nehar-Belaid, Laura Florez, Béatrice Levacher, Thomas Vazquez, Faustine Brimaud, Bertrand Bellier, David Klatzmann
Tregs imprint an early immunotolerant tumor environment that prevents effective antitumor immune responses. Using transcriptomics of tumor tissues, we identified early upregulation of VEGF and TGF-β pathways compatible with tolerance imprinting. Silencing of VEGF or TGF-β in tumor cells induced early and pleiotropic modulation of immune-related transcriptome signatures in tumor tissues. These were surprisingly similar for both silenced tumors and related to common downstream effects on Tregs. Silencing of VEGF or TGF-β resulted in dramatically delayed tumor growth, associated with decreased Tregs and myeloid-derived suppressor cells and increased effector T cell activation in tumor infiltrates...
June 16, 2016: JCI Insight
Patrick H Lizotte, Elena V Ivanova, Mark M Awad, Robert E Jones, Lauren Keogh, Hongye Liu, Ruben Dries, Christina Almonte, Grit S Herter-Sprie, Abigail Santos, Nora B Feeney, Cloud P Paweletz, Meghana M Kulkarni, Adam J Bass, Anil K Rustgi, Guo-Cheng Yuan, Donald W Kufe, Pasi A Jänne, Peter S Hammerman, Lynette M Sholl, F Stephen Hodi, William G Richards, Raphael Bueno, Jessie M English, Mark A Bittinger, Kwok-Kin Wong
BACKGROUND. Immune checkpoint blockade improves survival in a subset of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but robust biomarkers that predict response to PD-1 pathway inhibitors are lacking. Furthermore, our understanding of the diversity of the NSCLC tumor immune microenvironment remains limited. METHODS. We performed comprehensive flow cytometric immunoprofiling on both tumor and immune cells from 51 NSCLCs and integrated this analysis with clinical and histopathologic characteristics, next-generation sequencing, mRNA expression, and PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
Sherif Abdelhamed, Keisuke Ogura, Satoru Yokoyama, Ikuo Saiki, Yoshihiro Hayakawa
While cancer development and progression can be controlled by cytotoxic T cells, it is also known that tumor-specific CD8(+)T cells become functionally impaired by acquiring a group of inhibitory receptors known as immune checkpoints. Amongst those, programmed death-1 (PD-1) is one of the most recognized negative regulators of T cell function. In non-small lung cancers (NSCLCs), the aberrant activation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is known to induce PD-L1 expression and further the treatment with gefitinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) for EGFR, decrease the expression of PD-L1 on NSCLC...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Seho Cha, Joonho Choe, Taegun Seo
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is an etiological agent of Kaposi's sarcoma and primary effusion lymphoma. Like other herpesviruses, KSHV has two distinct life cycles: latent and lytic. Among KSHV latent genes, viral interferon regulatory factor 3 (vIRF3), which shares homology with cellular IRFs, is a multifunctional protein. To identify unknown functions of vIRF3, we performed luciferase-reporter assays in the presence of vIRF3. These analyses revealed that overexpression of vIRF3 inhibited T-cell factor (TCF)-dependent transcriptional activity...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Fang Zhang, Catherine Sodroski, Helen Cha, Qisheng Li, T Jake Liang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The signaling molecule and transcriptional regulator SMAD6, which inhibits the transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) signaling pathway, is required for infection of hepatocytes by hepatitis C virus (HCV). We investigated the mechanisms by which SMAD6, and another inhibitory SMAD (SMAD7), promote HCV infection in human hepatoma cells and hepatocytes. METHODS: We infected Huh7 and Huh7.5.1 cells and primary human hepatocytes with JFH1 HCVcc; we measured HCV binding, intracellular levels of HCV RNA, and expression of target genes...
September 29, 2016: Gastroenterology
Benjamin V Park, Zachary T Freeman, Ali Ghasemzadeh, Michael A Chattergoon, Alleluiah Rutebemberwa, Jordana Steigner, Matthew E Winter, Thanh V Huynh, Suzanne M Sebald, Se-Jin Lee, Fan Pan, Drew M Pardoll, Andrea L Cox
Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) is a co-inhibitory receptor that down-regulates the activity of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) in cancer and of virus-specific T cells in chronic infection. The molecular mechanisms driving high PD-1 expression on TIL have not been fully investigated. We demonstrate that transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) directly enhances antigen-induced PD-1 expression through Smad3-dependent, Smad2-independent transcriptional activation in T cells in vitro and in TIL in vivo. The PD-1hi subset seen in CD8+ TIL is absent in Smad3-deficient tumor-specific CD8+ TIL, resulting in enhanced cytokine production by TIL and in draining lymph nodes and of anti-tumor activity...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Discovery
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