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immune regulatory function

Kirstin Harling, Ernest Adankwah, Alptekin Güler, Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah, Louis Adu-Amoah, Ertan Mayatepek, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Norman Nausch, Marc Jacobsen
T-cells critically contribute to protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, and impaired T-cell responses can lead to disease progression. Pro-inflammatory and immunosuppressive cytokines affect T-cells, and fine-tuned regulation of cytokine signaling via the Jak/STAT signaling pathways is crucial for appropriate T-cell function. Constitutive STAT3 phosphorylation as a consequence of aberrant cytokine signaling has been described to occur in pathognomonic T-cell responses in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases...
March 19, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Tian Liu, Dongliang Zhang, Yuan Zhang, Xiangsheng Xu, Bo Zhou, Liang Fang, Yun Zhang, Yingjun Su, Boquan Jin, Ran Zhuang, Shuzhong Guo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play key roles in maintaining peripheral tolerance and preventing autoimmune disease. Treg modulation could be helpful in treating malignancies, autoimmune disease, and allergies, as well as to facilitate organ transplantation. Signals transduced by co-stimulatory molecules are essential for Treg differentiation, homeostasis, and function. One well-known active receptor, CD226, also known as DNAM-1 or PTA1, is an adhesion molecule that interacts primarily with CD155 and is involved in Treg differentiation and immune tolerance to transplanted tissue...
March 13, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
K M Okoniewska, A E Kedzierska, J Okoniewski, A Slawek, K Grzymajlo, A Chelmonska-Soyta, T Grabowski
Epitopes of regulatory T cells (tregitopes) represent linear sequences of amino acids that induce CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ T lymphocytes expansion both in vitro and in vivo. The tregitopes' effectiveness was confirmed in autoimmune disease mouse models and in murine transplant models. Therefore, tregitopes together with regulatory T cells (Tregs) could play a major role in maintaining immune tolerance. The purpose of the presented study was a selection of potential tregitopes and assessment of their impact on Tregs expansion...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Pengfei Chu, Libo He, Lv Xiong, Lifei Luo, Rong Huang, Lanjie Liao, Yongming Li, Zuoyan Zhu, Yaping Wang
The mammalian sterile 20-like (MST) family, which belongs to the serine/threonine protein kinase superfamily, has five members that can be found in mammals: STK3 (also called MST2), STK4 (MST1), STK24 (MST3), STK25 (YSK1 or SOK1), and STK26 (MST4). The MST kinases have key roles in apoptosis, immune regulation, inflammatory responses, cancer, and cell proliferation in mammals, whereas the roles and transcriptional regulatory mechanism of these kinases in teleost fish are still unclear. In this study, four STK genes (CiSTK3, CiSTK24, CiSTK25, and CiSTK26) were cloned and analyzed in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)...
March 14, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Małgorzata Tomczyńska, Joanna Saluk-Bijak
Autoimmune thyroid diseases include several distinct clinical entities, mainly Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. An incompetent immune response directed against the body's own tissues, and the production of antibodies against specific cell antigens accompanied by chronic inflammation, all occur in autoimmune thyroid diseases. The autoimmune process is induced by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to identify and generates the development of concomitant diseases in other systems...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Hanwen Tian, Junming Miao, Fumei Zhang, Feng Xiong, Feimei Zhu, Jinyu Li, Xiaoying Wang, Shanzhe Chen, Junli Chen, Ning Huang, Yi Wang
The urinary tract is vulnerable to frequent challenges from environmental microflora. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) makes a major contribution to urinary tract infection (UTI). Previous studies have characterized positive roles of non-histone nuclear protein HMGN2 in lung epithelial innate immune response. In the study presented here, we found HMGN2 expression was up-regulated in UPEC J96-infected urothelium. Surprisingly, over-expression of HMGN2 promoted disruption of BECs 5637 cells' intercellular junctions by down-regulating tight junction (TJs) components' expression and physical structure under J96 infection...
March 17, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Mark Owyong, Gizem Efe, Michael Owyong, Aamna J Abbasi, Vaishnavi Sitarama, Vicki Plaks
There is a growing list of cancer immunotherapeutics approved for use in a population with an increasing number of aged individuals. Cancer immunotherapy (CIT) mediates tumor destruction by activating anti-tumor immune responses that have been silenced through the oncogenic process. However, in an aging individual, immune deregulation is positively correlated with age. In this context, it is vital to examine the age-related changes in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and specifically, those directly affecting critical players to ensure CIT efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Peijuan Wang, Yan Lu, Si Chen, Yue Chen, Chunping Hu, Yawei Zuo
Autoimmune abnormality is one of the main causes of premature ovarian failure (POF). Bu Shen Huo Xue formula (BSHXF), a traditional Chinese medicine formula, has been clinically used for the treatment of patients with POF in China. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important in the pathogenesis of autoimmune POF. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the immunoprotective effects of BSHXF on POF and the underlying mechanisms. An experimental autoimmune POF model was induced in B6AF1 mice with zona pellucida 3 (ZP3) fragments...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Daniela Dukovska, Daniel Fernández-Soto, Mar Valés-Gómez, Hugh T Reyburn
The biology and function of NKG2H receptor, unlike the better characterized members of the NKG2 family NKG2A, NKG2C, and NKG2D, remains largely unclear. Here, we show that NKG2H is able to associate with the signaling adapter molecules DAP12 and DAP10 suggesting that this receptor can signal for cell activation. Using a recently described NKG2H-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb), we have characterized the expression and function of lymphocytes that express this receptor. NKG2H is expressed at the cell surface of a small percentage of peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) and is found more frequently on T cells, rather than NK cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Zhaodong Li, Ludovica F Buttó, Kristine-Anne Buela, Li-Guo Jia, Minh Lam, John D Ward, Theresa T Pizarro, Fabio Cominelli
Death receptor 3 (DR3), a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily, has been implicated in regulating T-helper type-1 (TH 1), type-2 (TH 2), and type-17 (TH 17) responses as well as regulatory T cell (Treg ) and innate lymphoid cell (ILC) functions during immune-mediated diseases. However, the role of DR3 in controlling lymphocyte functions in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is not fully understood. Recent studies have shown that activation of DR3 signaling modulates Treg expansion suggesting that stimulation of DR3 represents a potential therapeutic target in human inflammatory diseases, including Crohn's disease (CD)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Lorenza Tulli, Francesca Cattaneo, Juliette Vinot, Cosima T Baldari, Ugo D'Oro
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a key role in the activation of innate immune cells, in which their engagement leads to production of cytokines and co-stimulatory molecules. TLRs signaling requires recruitment of toll/IL-1R (TIR) domain-containing adaptors, such as MyD88 and/or TRIF, and leads to activation of several transcription factors, such as NF-κB, the AP1 complex, and various members of the interferon regulatory factor (IRF) family, which in turn results in triggering of several cellular functions associated with these receptors...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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
Rasa Tamosiuniene, Olga Manouvakhova, Paul Mesange, Toshie Saito, Jin Qian, Mrinmoy Sanyal, Yu-Chun Lin, Linh P Nguyen, Amir Luria, Allen B Tu, Joshua M Sante, Marlene Rabinovitch, Desmond J Fitzgerald, Brian B Graham, Aida Habtezion, Norbert F Voelkel, Laure Aurelian, Mark R Nicolls
<u>Rationale:</u> Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening condition associated with immune dysregulation and abnormal regulatory T cell (Treg) activity, but it is currently unknown whether and how abnormal Treg function differentially affects males and females. <u>Objective:</u> To evaluate whether and how Treg-deficiency differentially affects male and female rats in experimental PH. <u>Methods and Results:</u> Male and female athymic rnu/rnu rats, lacking Tregs, were treated with the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) inhibitor SU5416 or chronic hypoxia and evaluated for PH; some animals underwent Treg immune reconstitution (IR) before SU5416 administration...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Michael D Oberst, Catherine Auge, Chad Morris, Stacy Kentner, Kathy Mulgrew, Kelly McGlinchey, James Hair, Shino Hanabuchi, Qun Du, Melissa Damschroder, Hui Feng, Steven Eck, Nicholas Buss, Lolke de Haan, Andrew J Pierce, Haesun Park, Andrew Sylwester, Michael K Axthelm, Louis Picker, Nicholas P Morris, Andrew Weinberg, Scott A Hammond
Ligation of OX40 (CD134, TNFRSF4) on activated T cells by its natural ligand (OX40L, CD252, TNFSF4) enhances cellular survival, proliferation, and effector functions such as cytokine release and cellular cytotoxicity. We engineered a recombinant human OX40L IgG4P Fc fusion protein termed MEDI6383 that assembles into a hexameric structure and exerts potent agonist activity following engagement of OX40. MEDI6383 displayed solution phase agonist activity that was enhanced when the fusion protein was clustered by Fc gamma receptors (FcγRs) on the surface of adjacent cells...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Jeong-Eun Kwon, Seon-Yeong Lee, Hyeon-Beom Seo, Young-Mee Moon, Jun-Geol Ryu, Kyung-Ah Jung, Joo-Yeon Jhun, Jin-Sil Park, Soo-Seok Hwang, Joo-Myeong Kim, Gap Ryol Lee, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is a ubiquitously expressed transcription factor that functions in cooperation with various cofactors to regulate gene expression. In the immune system, YY1 enhances cytokine production and T helper (Th) 2 effector cell differentiation, resulting in the activation of inflammation. However, no studies have reported the role of YY1 in Th17 cell regulation, which is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We investigated the expression of YY1 in Th17 cells in vitro and revealed increased levels of YY1 mRNA and protein...
March 12, 2018: Immunology Letters
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
Antonella Mancusi, Sara Piccinelli, Andrea Velardi, Antonio Pierini
FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a subset of CD4+ T cells that can suppress proliferation and effector functions of T cells, B cells, NK cells, and antigen-presenting cells. Treg deficiency causes dramatic immunologic disease in both animal models and humans. As they are capable to suppress the function and the proliferation of conventional CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, Treg-based cell therapies are under evaluation for the treatment of various autoimmune diseases and are currently employed to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in clinical trials of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Lambros Kordelas, Fabiola da Silva Nardi, Bettina Wagner, Markus Ditschkowski, Tobias Liebregts, Monika Lindemann, Falko M Heinemann, Peter A Horn, Dietrich W Beelen, Vera Rebmann
HLA-G is a non-classical class I molecule which induces tolerance in allogeneic situations by inhibition of cytotoxic NK and CD8 + T cells and by induction of regulatory T cells. Concordantly, in solid organ transplantation HLA-G is associated with a lower risk for acute and chronic rejection, whereas its role in allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is less established. We here present detailed analyses of HLA-G-levels in patients after allo-SCT showing a correlation of elevated soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) levels with less severe acute (p = 0...
March 14, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Bin Zhao, Jun-Jie Xia, Lu-Min Wang, Chang Gao, Jia-Li Li, Jia-Yin Liu, Qi-Jun Cheng, Chen Dai, Qi-Lin Ma, Zhong-Quan Qi, Ben-Hua Zhao
The role of arsenic trioxide (As2 O3 ) in inhibiting immune rejection and prolonging islet allograft survival has been identified in islet allotransplantation. This study aims to explore the role of As2 O3 in islet xenotransplantation and the action mechanism. The streptozotocin (STZ) was used in C57BL/6 mice to induce the type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) for xenotransplantation models establishment. Donor islets were isolated by digesting. The flow cytometry (FCM) was used to analyze lymphocyte types. The blood sugar level was detected by using intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT)...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Tirtsah Toledano, Alon Vitenshtein, Noam Stern-Ginossar, Einat Seidel, Ofer Mandelboim
Recognition of the human stress-induced ligand MHC class I polypeptide-related sequence A (MICA) by the receptor NKG2D expressed on NK cells leads to NK cell-mediated killing of the target cells. Hence, the expression of MICA must be tightly regulated, and its cell surface expression needs to be quickly downregulated to avoid inappropriate activation of immune cells. In this article, we describe a transcript variant of human MICA that has not yet been studied, which contains a 3' untranslated region of 119 nt instead of 174...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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