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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104239/cd8-t-cells-of-chronic-hcv-infected-patients-express-multiple-negative-immune-checkpoints-following-stimulation-with-hcv-peptides
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Muttiah Barathan, Rosmawati Mohamed, Jamuna Vadivelu, Li Yen Chang, Ramachandran Vignesh, Jayalakshmi Krishnan, Panneer Sigamani, Alireza Saeidi, M Ravishankar Ram, Vijayakumar Velu, Marie Larsson, Esaki M Shankar
Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells are key to successful viral clearance in HCV disease. Accumulation of exhausted HCV-specific T cells during chronic infection results in considerable loss of protective functional immune responses. The role of T-cell exhaustion in chronic HCV disease remains poorly understood. Here, we studied the frequency of HCV peptide-stimulated T cells expressing negative immune checkpoints (PD-1, CTLA-4, TRAIL, TIM-3 and BTLA) by flow cytometry, and measured the levels of Th1/Th2/Th17 cytokines secreted by T cells by a commercial Multi-Analyte ELISArray™ following in vitro stimulation of T cells using HCV peptides and phytohemagglutinin (PHA)...
December 16, 2016: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103239/identifying-t-cell-receptors-from-high-throughput-sequencing-dealing-with-promiscuity-in-tcr%C3%AE-and-tcr%C3%AE-pairing
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Edward S Lee, Paul G Thomas, Jeff E Mold, Andrew J Yates
Characterisation of the T cell receptors (TCR) involved in immune responses is important for the design of vaccines and immunotherapies for cancer and autoimmune disease. The specificity of the interaction between the TCR heterodimer and its peptide-MHC ligand derives largely from the juxtaposed hypervariable CDR3 regions on the TCRα and TCRβ chains, and obtaining the paired sequences of these regions is a standard for functionally defining the TCR. A brute force approach to identifying the TCRs in a population of T cells is to use high-throughput single-cell sequencing, but currently this process remains costly and risks missing small clones...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102757/dysbiosis-in-crohn-s-disease-joint-action-of-stochastic-injuries-and-focal-inflammation-in-the-gut
#3
Ludovica F Buttó, Dirk Haller
Gut homeostasis involves interrelated biological networks that include the immune system, specialized cells of the epithelium, such as Paneth and goblet cells, as well as triggers derived from the microbiota. Disruption of these homeostatic interactions may lead to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). To develop more targeted and individual treatments in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, it becomes more and more important to link key mechanisms of the disease pathogenesis to distinct IBD subsets...
January 19, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102232/aetiology-and-management-of-hereditary-aortopathy
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REVIEW
Aline Verstraeten, Ilse Luyckx, Bart Loeys
Aortic aneurysms are a major health problem because they account for 1-2% of all deaths in the Western population. Although abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are more prevalent than thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs), TAAs have been more exhaustively studied over the past 2 decades because they have a higher heritability and affect younger individuals. Gene identification in both syndromic and nonsyndromic TAA is proceeding at a rapid pace and has already pinpointed >20 genes associated with familial TAA risk...
January 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101907/increased-arf-p53-activity-in-stem-cells-aging-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Estefania Carrasco-Garcia, Manuel Moreno, Leire Moreno-Cugnon, Ander Matheu
Arf/p53 pathway protects the cells against DNA damage induced by acute stress. This characteristic is the responsible for its tumor suppressor activity. Moreover, it regulates the chronic type of stress associated with aging. This is the basis of its anti-aging activity. Indeed, increased gene dosage of Arf/p53 displays elongated longevity and delayed aging. At a cellular level, it has been recently shown that increased dosage of Arf/p53 delays age-associated stem cell exhaustion and the subsequent decline in tissue homeostasis and regeneration...
January 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100240/reactivation-of-dormant-anti-tumor-immunity-a-clinical-perspective-of-therapeutic-immune-checkpoint-modulation
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REVIEW
Richard Greil, Evelyn Hutterer, Tanja Nicole Hartmann, Lisa Pleyer
In favor of their outgrowth, cancer cells must resist immune surveillance and edit the immune response. Cancer immunoediting is characterized by fundamental changes in the cellular composition and the inflammatory cytokine profiles in the microenvironment of the primary tumor and metastatic niches, with an ever increasing complexity of interactions between tumor cells and the immune system. Recent data suggest that genetic instability and immunoediting are not necessarily disparate processes. Increasing mutational load may be associated with multiple neoepitopes expressed by the tumor cells and thus increased chances for the immune system to recognize and combat these cells...
January 19, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099864/satb1-expression-governs-epigenetic-repression-of-pd-1-in-tumor-reactive-t-cells
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Tom L Stephen, Kyle K Payne, Ricardo A Chaurio, Michael J Allegrezza, Hengrui Zhu, Jairo Perez-Sanz, Alfredo Perales-Puchalt, Jenny M Nguyen, Ana E Vara-Ailor, Evgeniy B Eruslanov, Mark E Borowsky, Rugang Zhang, Terri M Laufer, Jose R Conejo-Garcia
Despite the importance of programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) in inhibiting T cell effector activity, the mechanisms regulating its expression remain poorly defined. We found that the chromatin organizer special AT-rich sequence-binding protein-1 (Satb1) restrains PD-1 expression induced upon T cell activation by recruiting a nucleosome remodeling deacetylase (NuRD) complex to Pdcd1 regulatory regions. Satb1 deficienct T cells exhibited a 40-fold increase in PD-1 expression. Tumor-derived transforming growth factor β (Tgf-β) decreased Satb1 expression through binding of Smad proteins to the Satb1 promoter...
January 17, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099863/satb1-restraining-pd1-and-t-cell-exhaustion
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Briana G Nixon, Ming O Li
Mechanisms that govern PD1 expression and exhaustion in T cells are not fully understood. In this issue of Immunity, Stephen et al. (2017) uncover a key role for the genome organizer Satb1 in restraining PD1 expression and promoting tumor immunity.
January 17, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098903/vitexin-alleviates-lipopolysaccharide%C3%A2-induced-islet-cell-injury-by-inhibiting-hmgb1-release
#9
Feifei Wang, Jiajing Yin, Yujin Ma, Hongwei Jiang, Yanbo Li
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disease, where the predominant pathogenesis is pancreatic β‑cells dysfunction or injury. It has been well established that inflammation leads to a gradual exhaustion of pancreatic β‑cell function with decreased β‑cell mass likely resulting from pancreatic β‑cells apoptosis or death. Vitexin, a major bioactive flavonoid compound in plants has numerous pharmacological properties, including antioxidant, anti‑inflammatory and antimyeloperoxidase. Whether vitexin can protect pancreatic β‑cells against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced pro‑inflammatory cytokine production and apoptosis has received little attention...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095436/arraypitope-automated-analysis-of-amino-acid-substitutions-for-peptide-microarray-based-antibody-epitope-mapping
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Christian Skjødt Hansen, Thomas Østerbye, Paolo Marcatili, Ole Lund, Søren Buus, Morten Nielsen
Identification of epitopes targeted by antibodies (B cell epitopes) is of critical importance for the development of many diagnostic and therapeutic tools. For clinical usage, such epitopes must be extensively characterized in order to validate specificity and to document potential cross-reactivity. B cell epitopes are typically classified as either linear epitopes, i.e. short consecutive segments from the protein sequence or conformational epitopes adapted through native protein folding. Recent advances in high-density peptide microarrays enable high-throughput, high-resolution identification and characterization of linear B cell epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093364/fabrication-of-nanofibrous-electrospun-scaffolds-from-a-heterogeneous-library-of-co-and-self-assembling-peptides
#11
Mahboubeh Maleki, Antonino Natalello, Raffaele Pugliese, Fabrizio Gelain
: Self-assembling (SAPs) and co-assembling peptides (CAPs) are driving increasing enthusiasm as synthetic but biologically inspired biomaterials amenable of easy functionalization for regenerative medicine. On the other hand, electrospinning (ES) is a versatile technique useful for tailoring the nanostructures of various biomaterials into scaffolds resembling the extracellular matrices found in organs and tissues. The synergistic merging of these two approaches is a long-awaited advance in nanomedicine that has not been deeply documented so far...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088061/galectins-emerging-regulatory-checkpoints-linking-tumor-immunity-and-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Santiago P Méndez-Huergo, Ada G Blidner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Immune checkpoints, a plethora of inhibitory pathways aimed at maintaining immune cell homeostasis, may be co-opted by cancer cells to evade immune destruction. Therapies targeting immune checkpoints have reached a momentum yielding significant clinical benefits in patients with various malignancies by unleashing anti-tumor immunity. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, have emerged as novel regulatory checkpoints that promote immune evasive programs by inducing T-cell exhaustion, limiting T-cell survival, favoring expansion of regulatory T cells, de-activating natural killer cells and polarizing myeloid cells toward an immunosuppressive phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087458/medication-adherence-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Caroline F Morrison, Donna M Martsolf, Nicole Wehrkamp, Rebecca Tehan, Ahna L H Pai
Adherence to oral medications has been repeatedly shown to fall below the recommended 80-95% in pediatric and adult cancer populations. The purpose of this review is to report the state of the science about oral medication adherence during the acute phase of hematopoietic stem cell transplant across the lifespan. An exhaustive search of the literature yielded five records for inclusion in the review. Two studies examined adherence in pediatrics, two in adults, and one included both pediatric and adult patients...
January 10, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078450/genome-wide-methylation-profiles-in-primary-intracranial-germ-cell-tumors-indicate-a-primordial-germ-cell-origin-for-germinomas
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Shintaro Fukushima, Satoshi Yamashita, Hisato Kobayashi, Hirokazu Takami, Kohei Fukuoka, Taishi Nakamura, Kai Yamasaki, Yuko Matsushita, Hiromi Nakamura, Yasushi Totoki, Mamoru Kato, Tomonari Suzuki, Kazuhiko Mishima, Takaaki Yanagisawa, Akitake Mukasa, Nobuhito Saito, Masayuki Kanamori, Toshihiro Kumabe, Teiji Tominaga, Motoo Nagane, Toshihiko Iuchi, Koji Yoshimoto, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Kaoru Tamura, Keiichi Sakai, Kazuhiko Sugiyama, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Kiyotaka Yokogami, Hideo Takeshima, Yonehiro Kanemura, Masahide Matsuda, Akira Matsumura, Kazuhiko Kurozumi, Keisuke Ueki, Masahiro Nonaka, Akio Asai, Nobutaka Kawahara, Yuichi Hirose, Tatusya Takayama, Yoichi Nakazato, Yoshitaka Narita, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Masao Matsutani, Toshikazu Ushijima, Ryo Nishikawa, Koichi Ichimura
Intracranial germ cell tumors (iGCTs) are the second most common brain tumors among children under 14 in Japan. The World Health Organization classification recognizes several subtypes of iGCTs, which are conventionally subclassified into pure germinoma or non-germinomatous GCTs. Recent exhaustive genomic studies showed that mutations of the genes involved in the MAPK and/or PI3K pathways are common in iGCTs; however, the mechanisms of how different subtypes develop, often as a mixed-GCT, are unknown. To elucidate the pathogenesis of iGCTs, we investigated 61 GCTs of various subtypes by genome-wide DNA methylation profiling...
January 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077434/transfer-of-allogeneic-cd4-t-cells-rescues-cd8-t-cells-in-anti-pd-l1-resistant-tumors-leading-to-tumor-eradication
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Ainhoa Arina, Theodore G Karrison, Eva Galka, Karin Schreiber, Ralph R Weichselbaum, Hans Schreiber
Adoptively transferred CD8(+) T cells can stabilize the size of solid tumors over long periods of time by exclusively recognizing antigen cross-presented on tumor stroma. However, these tumors eventually escape T cell-mediated growth control. The aim of this study was to eradicate such persistent cancers. In our model, the SIYRYYGL antigen is expressed by cancer cells that lack the MHC-I molecule K(b) needed for direct presentation, but the antigen is picked up and cross-presented by tumor stroma. A single injection of antigen-specific 2C CD8(+) T cells caused long-term inhibition of tumor growth, but without further intervention, tumors started to progress after approximately 3 months...
January 11, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074067/expression-of-the-ctla-4-ligand-cd86-on-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-pdc-predicts-risk-of-disease-recurrence-after-treatment-discontinuation-in-cml
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C Schütz, S Inselmann, S Sausslele, C T Dietz, M C Müller, E Eigendorff, C A Brendel, S K Metzelder, T H Brümmendorf, C Waller, J Dengler, M E Goebeler, R Herbst, G Freunek, S Hanzel, T Illmer, Y Wang, T Lange, F Finkernagel, R Hehlmann, M Huber, A Neubauer, A Hochhaus, J Guilhot, F X Mahon, M Pfirrmann, A Burchert
It is unknown, why only a minority of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients sustains treatment free remission (TFR) after discontinuation of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy in deep molecular remission (MR). Here we studied, whether expression of the T-cell inhibitory receptor (CTLA-4)-ligand CD86 (B7.2) on plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) affects relapse risk after TKI cessation. CML patients in MR displayed significantly higher CD86(+)pDC frequencies than normal donors (P<0·0024), whereas TFR patients had consistently low CD86(+)pDC (n=12)...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073550/growth-and-bioactive-secondary-metabolites-of-arctic-protoceratium-reticulatum-dinophyceae
#17
Manuel Sala-Pérez, Tilman J Alpermann, Bernd Krock, Urban Tillmann
Harmful algal blooms are mainly caused by marine dinoflagellates and are known to produce potent toxins that may affect the ecosystem, human activities and health. Such events have increased in frequency and intensity worldwide in the past decades. Numerous processes involved in Global Change are amplified in the Arctic, but little is known about species specific responses of arctic dinoflagellates. The aim of this work was to perform an exhaustive morphological, phylogenetical and toxinological characterization of Greenland Protoceratium reticulatum and, in addition, to test the effect of temperature on growth and production of bioactive secondary metabolites...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073502/lethal-effects-of-ichthyotoxic-raphidophytes-chattonella-marina-c-antiqua-and-heterosigma-akashiwo-on-post-embryonic-stages-of-the-japanese-pearl-oyster-pinctada-fucata-martensii
#18
Leila Basti, Kiyohito Nagai, Jiyoji Go, Sho Okano, Tatsuya Oda, Yuji Tanaka, Satoshi Nagai
The inimical effects of the ichthyotoxic harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming raphidophytes Heterosigma akashiwo, Chattonella marina, and Chattonella antiqua on the early-life stages of the Japanese pearl oyster Pinctada fucata martensii were studied. Fertilized eggs and developing embryos were not affected following exposure to the harmful raphidophytes; however, all three algal species severely affected trochophores and D-larvae, early-stage D-larvae, and late-stage pre-settling larvae. Exposure to C. marina (5×10(2)cellsml(-1)), C...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073373/t-cell-exhaustion-from-pathophysiological-basics-to-tumor-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Kemal Catakovic, Eckhard Klieser, Daniel Neureiter, Roland Geisberger
The immune system is capable of distinguishing between danger- and non-danger signals, thus inducing either an appropriate immune response against pathogens and cancer or inducing self-tolerance to avoid autoimmunity and immunopathology. One of the mechanisms that have evolved to prevent destruction by the immune system, is to functionally silence effector T cells, termed T cell exhaustion, which is also exploited by viruses and cancers for immune escape In this review, we discuss some of the phenotypic markers associated with T cell exhaustion and we summarize current strategies to reinvigorate exhausted T cells by blocking these surface marker using monoclonal antibodies...
January 5, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072859/increased-pd-1-expression-and-altered-t-cell-repertoire-diversity-predict-mortality-in-patients-with-septic-shock-a-preliminary-study
#20
Atsutoshi Tomino, Masanobu Tsuda, Ruri Aoki, Yuka Kajita, Masamitsu Hashiba, Tsuguaki Terajima, Hideki Kano, Naoshi Takeyama
Sepsis causes impairment of innate and adaptive immunity by multiple mechanisms, including depletion of immune effector cells and T cell exhaustion. Although lymphocyte dysfunction is associated with increased mortality and potential reactivation of latent viral infection in patients with septic shock, the relation between viral reactivation and lymphocyte dysfunction is obscure. The objectives of this study were 1) to determine the relation of lymphocyte dysfunction to viral reactivation and mortality, and 2) to evaluate recovery of lymphocyte function during septic shock, including T cell receptor (TCR) diversity and the expression of programmed death 1 (PD-1)...
2017: PloS One
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