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Cell exhaustion

Junsik Park, Minsuk Kwon, Eui-Cheol Shin
During immune responses antigen-specific T cells are regulated by several mechanisms, including through inhibitory receptors and regulatory T cells, to avoid excessive or persistent immune responses. These regulatory mechanisms, which are called 'immune checkpoints', suppress T cell responses, particularly in patients with chronic viral infections and cancer where viral antigens or tumor antigens persist for a long time and contribute to T cell exhaustion. Among these regulatory mechanisms, cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated protein-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) are the most well-known receptors and both have been targeted for drug development...
October 21, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Ryan J Milcarek, Michael J Garrett, Amrish Baskaran, Jeongmin Ahn
Combustion based power generation has been accomplished for many years through a number of heat engine systems. Recently, a move towards small scale power generation and micro combustion as well as development in fuel cell research has created new means of power generation that combine solid oxide fuel cells with open flames and combustion exhaust. Instead of relying upon the heat of combustion, these solid oxide fuel cell systems rely on reforming of the fuel via combustion to generate syngas for electrochemical power generation...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Vanaja Konduri, Dali Li, Matthew M Halpert, Dan Liang, Zhengdong Liang, Yunyu Chen, William E Fisher, Silke Paust, Jonathan M Levitt, Qizhi Cathy Yao, William K Decker
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, exhibiting a five-year overall survival (OS) of only 7% despite aggressive standard of care. Recent advances in immunotherapy suggest potential application of immune-based treatment approaches to PDAC. To explore this concept further, we treated orthotopically established K-ras(G12D)/p53(-/-) PDAC tumors with gemcitabine and a cell-based vaccine previously shown to generate durable cell-mediated (TH1) immunity...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Yutong Su, Xiuli Jiang, Yanli Li, Feng Li, Yulong Cheng, Ying Peng, Dalong Song, Jie Hong, Guang Ning, Yanan Cao, Weiqing Wang
The mechanism underlying the increased susceptibility of type 2 diabetes in offspring of maternal malnutrition is poorly determined. Here we tested the hypothesis that functional microRNAs (miRNAs) mediated the maternal low protein (LP) isocaloric diet induced pancreatic β-cell impairment. We performed miRNA profiling in the islets from offspring of LP and control diet mothers to explore the potential functional miRNAs responsible for β-cell dysfunction. We found that LP offspring exhibited impaired glucose tolerance due to decreased β-cell mass and insulin secretion...
October 18, 2016: Endocrinology
Yi Zheng, Yicheng Yang, Shu Wu, Yongqiang Zhu, Xiaolong Tang, Xiaopeng Liu
As the second most common gynecologic malignant tumors with a high mortality rate, cervical cancer jeopardizes women's life worldwide. The low cure rate in cervical cancer patients is mainly attributed to the lack of effective therapies. One feasible novel strategy is to develop immune-based approaches such as adoptive cell immunotherapy of DCCIKs which represents a promising nontoxic antineoplastic immunotherapy preferred in clinic practice. However, the therapeutic effect is not as efficient as anticipated...
October 18, 2016: Bioengineered
Y-Q Li, Zw-C Cheng, Sk-W Liu, I Aubert, C S Wong
Inhibition of hippocampal neurogenesis is implicated in neurocognitive dysfunction after cranial irradiation for brain tumors. How irradiation results in impaired neuronal development remains poorly understood. The Trp53 (p53) gene is known to regulate cellular DNA damage response after irradiation. Whether it has a role in disruption of late neuronal development remains unknown. Here we characterized the effects of p53 on neuronal development in adult mouse hippocampus after irradiation. Different bromodeoxyuridine incorporation paradigms and a transplantation study were used for cell fate mapping...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Juan Gea-Banacloche, Krishna Komanduri, Paul Carpenter, Sophie Paczesny, Stefanie Sarantopoulos, Jo-Anne Young, Nahed El Kassar, Robert Q Le, Kirk Schultz, Linda M Griffith, Bipin Savani, John R Wingard
Immune reconstitution following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) beyond one year is not completely understood. Many transplant recipients who are free of graft versus host disease (GVHD) and not receiving any immunosuppression more than a year after transplant seem to be able to mount appropriate immune responses to common pathogens and respond adequately to immunizations. However, two large registry studies over the last two decades seem to indicate that infection is a significant cause of late mortality in some patients, even in the absence of concomitant GVHD...
October 14, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Catherine Forconi, Philippe Gatault, Elodie Miquelestorena-Standley, Johan Noble, Sally Al-Hajj, Romain Guillemain, Marc Stern, Thomas Hoffmann, Louis Prat, Caroline Suberbielle, Emeline Masson, Anne Cesbron-Gautier, Catherine Gaudy-Graffin, Alain Goudeau, Gilles Thibault, Fabrice Ivanes, Roseline Guibon, Ihab Kazma, Yvon Lebranchu, Matthias Büchler, Antoine Magnan, Jean-Michel Halimi, Christophe Baron
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has a role in chronic rejection and graft loss in kidney transplant (KTx) and lung transplant (LTx) recipients. In addition, donor CMV seropositivity is an independent risk factor for renal graft loss. The anti-CMV response might modulate this risk. Expression of programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), a receptor involved in viral-specific T-cell exhaustion, is influenced by a single nucleotide polymorphism called PD-1.3 (wild-type allele G, variant allele A)...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Clémentine Sarkozy, Sophie Kaltenbach, Pierre Faurie, Danielle Canioni, Françoise Berger, Alexandra Traverse-Glehen, Hervé Ghesquieres, Gilles Salles, Emmanuel Bachy, Marie-Alexandra Alyanakian, Olivier Hermine, Bénédicte Neven, Elizabeth Macintyre, Serge Romana, Thierry Jo Molina, Felipe Suarez, Vahid Asnafi, Julie Bruneau
Plasma-cell post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder (PC-PTLD) is a rare monomorphic PTLD entity divided into plasma cell myeloma (PCM) and plasmacytoma-like lesion (PLL) PTLD. To date, there are no exhaustive published cytogenetic data on PC-PTLD. We report array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) of 10 cases of PCM and PLL-PTLD. Patients had received kidney (n=6), heart (n=2), lung (n=1) or bone marrow (n=1) transplantation. There were six men and median age at time of PTLD was 56.5 years (3-74)...
October 17, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Pravin Kesarwani, Paramita Chakraborty, Radhika Gudi, Shilpak Chatterjee, Gina Scurti, Kyle Toth, Patt Simms, Mahvash Husain, Kent Armeson, Shahid Husain, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Chethamarakshan Vasu, Michael I Nishimura, Shikhar Mehrotra
Advancements in adoptive cell transfer therapy (ACT) has led to the use of T cells engineered with tumor specific T cell receptors, which after rapid expansion can be obtained in sufficient numbers for treating patients. However, due to massive proliferation these cells are close to replicative senescence, exhibit exhausted phenotype, and also display increased susceptibility to activation induced cell death. We have previously shown that tumor reactive T cells undergo caspase-independent cell death upon TCR restimulation with cognate antigen, which involves reactive oxygen species and c-jun N-terminal kinase...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Bert Conings, Aslihan Babayigit, Matthew T Klug, Sai Bai, Nicolas Gauquelin, Nobuya Sakai, Jacob Tse-Wei Wang, Johan Verbeeck, Hans-Gerd Boyen, Henry J Snaith
A robust and expedient gas quenching method is developed for the solution deposition of hybrid perovskite thin films. The method offers a reliable standard practice for the fabrication of a non-exhaustive variety of perovskites exhibiting excellent film morphology and commensurate high performance in both regular and inverted structured solar cell architectures.
October 17, 2016: Advanced Materials
Sonja Sulkava, Hanna M Ollila, Jukka Alasaari, Sampsa Puttonen, Mikko Härmä, Katriina Viitasalo, Alexandra Lahtinen, Jaana Lindström, Auli Toivola, Raimo Sulkava, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera, Timo Partonen, Kaisa Silander, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen, Tiina Paunio
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Tolerance to shift work varies; only some shift workers suffer from disturbed sleep, fatigue, and job-related exhaustion. Our aim was to explore molecular genetic risk factors for intolerance to shift work. METHODS: We assessed intolerance to shift work with job-related exhaustion symptoms in shift workers using the emotional exhaustion subscale of the Maslach Burnout Inventory - General Survey, and carried out a genome-wide association study (GWAS) using Illumina's Human610-Quad BeadChip (n = 176)...
October 10, 2016: Sleep
Soumen Bera, Sanjay Lamba, Mubasher Rashid, Anuj K Sharma, Alexander B Medvinsky, Claudia Acquisti, Amit Chakraborty, Bai-Lian Li
Impaired glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) sensitivity to its inhibitors causes excessive insulin secretion by pancreatic beta-cells and defective ammonia metabolism in the liver. These symptoms are commonly associated with hyperinsulinism/hyperammonemia syndrome (HI/HA), which causes recurrent hypoglycaemia in early infancy. Hepatic localization of GDH amination and deamination activities linked with the urea cycle is known to be involved in ammonia metabolism and detoxification. Although deamination activities of hepatic GDH in the periportal zones of liver lobules and its connection to the urea cycle have been exhaustively investigated, physiological roles of GDH amination activity observed at pericentral zones have often been overlooked...
October 17, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Nick Lawson, Chung-Han Hsieh, Dana March, Xinnan Wang
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disease characterized by physical and mental exhaustion. The underlying pathogenesis is unknown, but impairments in certain mitochondrial functions have been found in some CFS patients. To thoroughly reveal mitochondrial deficiencies in CFS patients, here we examine the key aspects of mitochondrial function in blood cells from a paired CFS patient-control series. Surprisingly, we discover that in patients the ATP levels are higher and mitochondrial cristae are more condensed compared to their paired controls, while the mitochondrial crista length, mitochondrial size, shape, density, membrane potential, and enzymatic activities of the complexes in the electron transport chain remain intact...
2016: Journal of Nature and Science
Eoin F McKinney, Kenneth Gc Smith
T cell exhaustion represents a continuous spectrum of cellular dysfunction induced during chronic viral infection, facilitating viral persistence and associating with poor clinical outcome. Modulation of T cell exhaustion can restore function in exhausted CD8 T cells, promoting viral clearance. Exhaustion has also been implicated as playing an important role in anti-tumour responses, whereby exhausted tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes fail to control tumour progression. More recently exhaustion has been linked to long-term clinical outcome in multiple autoimmune diseases but, in contrast to cancer or infection, it is associated with a favourable clinical outcome characterised by fewer relapses...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Immunology
Huaizhou Wang, Beiying Wu, Lei Li, Liang Hu, Jiafei Lin, Cen Jiang, Gang Cai, Qian Shen
Similar to programmed death-1 (PD-1), B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) is a co-inhibitory molecule of the CD28 family. PD-1 is involved in T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infection. However, the role of BTLA in virus-specific T cells is poorly defined. Here we investigated the expression and function of BTLA in T cells from patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The phenotype of peripheral and intrahepatic HBV-specific T cells from 43 patients with chronic HBV infection was assessed by flow cytometry...
October 6, 2016: Cellular Immunology
Otília Menyhárt, Hajnalka Harami-Papp, Saraswati Sukumar, Reinhold Schäfer, Luca Magnani, Oriol de Barrios, Balázs Győrffy
The hallmarks of cancer capture the most essential phenotypic characteristics of malignant transformation and progression. Although numerous factors involved in this multi-step process are still unknown to date, an ever-increasing number of mutated/altered candidate genes are being identified within large-scale cancer genomic projects. Therefore, investigators need to be aware of available and appropriate techniques capable of determining characteristic features of each hallmark. We review the methods tailored to experimental cancer researchers to evaluate cell proliferation, programmed cell death, replicative immortality, induction of angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, genome instability, and reprogramming of energy metabolism...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Rico D Bense, Christos Sotiriou, Martine J Piccart-Gebhart, John B A G Haanen, Marcel A T M van Vugt, Elisabeth G E de Vries, Carolien P Schröder, Rudolf S N Fehrmann
BACKGROUND: Not all breast cancer patients benefit from neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy, resulting in considerable undertreatment or overtreatment. New insights into the role of tumor-infiltrating immune cells suggest that their composition, as well as their functionality, might serve as a biomarker to enable optimal patient selection for current systemic therapies and upcoming treatment options such as immunotherapy. METHODS: We performed several complementary unbiased in silico analyses on gene expression profiles of 7270 unrelated tumor samples of nonmetastatic breast cancer patients with known clinical follow-up...
January 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Carmen Martinez-Valenzuela, Fernanda Balderrama Soto, Stefan M Waliszewski, Enrique Meza, Sandra Gómez Arroyo, Luis Daniel Ortega Martínez, Eliakym Arambula Meraz, Mario Caba
Gasoline is a blend of organic compounds used in internal combustion engines. Gasoline-station attendants are exposed to gasoline vapors, which pose a potentially mutagenic risk. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, exposure to gasoline and engine exhaust is possibly carcinogenic to humans. We determined the frequency of micronucleus and other nuclear abnormalities, such as pyknotic nuclei, chromatin condensation, cells with nuclear buds, karyolytic cells, karyorrhexis, and binucleated cells in buccal mucosal smears of 60 gasoline-station attendants and 60 unexposed controls...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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
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