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Dale I Godfrey, Jérôme Le Nours, Daniel M Andrews, Adam P Uldrich, Jamie Rossjohn
Most studies on the immunotherapeutic potential of T cells have focused on CD8 and CD4 T cells that recognize peptide antigens (Ag) presented by polymorphic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and MHC class II molecules, respectively. However, unconventional T cells, which interact with MHC class Ib and MHC-I like molecules, are also implicated in tumor immunity, although their role therein is unclear. These include unconventional T cells targeting MHC class Ib molecules such as HLA-E and its murine ortholog Qa-1b, natural killer T (NKT) cells, mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, and γδ T cells...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Jianjian Shi, Michelle Surma, Lei Wei
Doxorubicin is among the essential medicines with a wide antitumor spectrum, but its clinical application is limited by its cardiotoxicity. We recently discovered that ROCK1 is a key molecule in mediating cardiac remodeling in response to various stresses. To determine the roles of ROCK1 in doxorubicin cardiotoxicity, we gave three doses of doxorubicin injections to wild type (WT) and ROCK1-/- mice with one week intervals between treatments, the cumulative dose being 24 mg/kg. ROCK1-/- mice exhibited preserved cardiac function, reduced apoptosis, autophagy and fibrosis compared to the WT mice...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Karin Schmidt, Christin Keller, Anja A Kühl, Ana Textor, Ulrike Seifert, Thomas Blankenstein, Gerald Willimsky, Peter-Michael Kloetzel
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes can reject established tumors if their target peptide is efficiently presented by major histocompatibility complex class I molecules (pMHC-I) on the surface of cancerous cells. Therapeutic success upon adoptive T cell transfer (ATT), however, requires additional cross-presentation of the same pMHC-I on non-cancerous cells. Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) is an enzyme that customizes the N-terminus of proteasome-generated peptides so they can be loaded onto MHC-I molecules in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
Mark Anczurowski, Yuki Yamashita, Munehide Nakatsugawa, Toshiki Ochi, Yuki Kagoya, Tingxi Guo, Chung-Hsi Wang, Muhammed A Rahman, Kayoko Saso, Marcus O Butler, Naoto Hirano
While the principles of classical antigen presentation via MHC class II are well-established, the mechanisms for the many routes of cross-presentation by which endogenous antigens become associated with class II molecules are not fully understood. We have recently demonstrated that the single amino acid polymorphism HLA-DPβ84Gly (DP84Gly ) is critical to abrogate class II invariant chain associated peptide (CLIP) region-mediated binding of invariant chain (Ii) to DP, allowing endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident endogenous antigens to constitutively associate with DP84Gly such as DP4...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lilija Miller, Eva Ringler, Klaus Maximilian Kistner, Zoe Waibler
The most severe side effect in haemophilia A (HA) treatment is the development of anti-factor VIII antibodies, also called inhibitors. Why inhibitors develop in a proportion of treated HA patients and how this can be prevented remains largely unanswered. Among numerous theories, the presence of immunological danger signals, associated with events such as surgery or infection, has been proposed to play a role. In this study, we demonstrate that human dendritic cells (DC) synergistically activated by a combination of factor VIII (FVIII) concentrate plus the bacterial danger signal lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induce a significantly stronger activation of autologous CD4+ T cells than DC pretreated with FVIII or LPS alone...
March 19, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
E Ridolo, I Martignago, S Masieri
Allergic Rhinitis (AR) is an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity disease caused by inhalation of an allergen to which the patients is sensitized. Etiopathogenesis of AR comprises a sensitization phase, an immediate phase and a late phase. In the sensitization phase, inhaled allergens are processed in peptides and come into contact with the nasal mucosa cells. Antigen-Presenting Cells (APCs), especially represented by Dendritic Cells (DCs), capture them through the interaction with their own MHC class II complexes and migrate to lymph nodes...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
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
Danh T Tran, Scott Esckilsen, Jennifer Mulligan, Shikhar Mehrotra, Carl Atkinson, Satish N Nadig
BACKGROUND: Microvascular endothelial cells (ECs) are central to an allograft's immunogenicity. Cold ischemia and reperfusion injury associated with static cold storage and warm reperfusion activates ECs and increases the immunogenicity of the allograft. Following reperfusion, mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction in the allograft, which correlates to alloimmune rejection. Current understanding of this relationship, however, centers on the whole allograft instead of ECs...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
Jie Wang, Lina Yang, Xiaohe Mao, Zaiye Li, Xiaoyu Lin, Canhua Jiang
It has been shown that the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients presented cytotoxic CD8 T cell response against Streptococcus salivarius (S. salivarius), of which the frequency was positively associated with recurrence-free survival in OSCC patients. To identify the conditions required for regulating S. salivarius-specific CD8 T cell-mediated cytotoxicity, we selectively depleted individual components of the PBMCs, and observed that the depletion of monocytes/macrophages, but not other immune cell subsets, significantly downregulated the S...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Jahnavi Aluri, Maya Gupta, Aparna Dalvi, Snehal Mhatre, Manasi Kulkarni, Gouri Hule, Mukesh Desai, Nitin Shah, Prasad Taur, Ramprasad Vedam, Manisha Madkaikar
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive form of primary immunodeficiency disorder (PID) characterized by the deficiency of MHC class II molecules. This deficiency affects the cellular and humoral immune response by impairing the development of CD4+ T helper (Th) cells and Th cell-dependent antibody production by B cells. Affected children typically present with severe respiratory and gastrointestinal tract infections. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative therapy available for treating these patients...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yi-Guang Chen, Clayton E Mathews, John P Driver
For more than 35 years, the NOD mouse has been the primary animal model for studying autoimmune diabetes. During this time, striking similarities to the human disease have been uncovered. In both species, unusual polymorphisms in a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecule confer the most disease risk, disease is caused by perturbations by the same genes or different genes in the same biological pathways and that diabetes onset is preceded by the presence of circulating autoreactive T cells and autoantibodies that recognize many of the same islet antigens...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
José Roberto Fogaça de Almeida, Grasielle Pereira Jannuzzi, Gilberto Hideo Kaihami, Leandro Carvalho Dantas Breda, Karen Spadari Ferreira, Sandro Rogério de Almeida
Sporothrix brasiliensis is the most virulent fungus of the Sporothrix complex and is the main species recovered in the sporotrichosis zoonotic hyperendemic area in Rio de Janeiro. A vaccine against S. brasiliensis could improve the current sporotrichosis situation. Here, we show 3 peptides from S. brasiliensis immunogenic proteins that have a higher likelihood for engaging MHC-class II molecules. We investigated the efficiency of the peptides as vaccines for preventing subcutaneous sporotrichosis. In this study, we observed a decrease in lesion diameters in peptide-immunized mice, showing that the peptides could induce a protective immune response against subcutaneous sporotrichosis...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Antonia L Pritchard
This review discusses the rapidly evolving field of immunotherapy research, focusing on the types of cancer antigens that can be recognised by the immune system and potential methods by which neoantigens can be exploited clinically to successfully target and clear tumour cells. Recent studies suggest that the likelihood of successful immunotherapeutic targeting of cancer will be reliant on immune response to neoantigens. This type of cancer-specific antigen arises from somatic variants that result in alteration of the expressed protein sequence...
March 8, 2018: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Ruth Pye, Amanda Patchett, Elspeth McLennan, Russell Thomson, Scott Carver, Samantha Fox, David Pemberton, Alexandre Kreiss, Adriana Baz Morelli, Anabel Silva, Martin J Pearse, Lynn M Corcoran, Katherine Belov, Carolyn J Hogg, Gregory M Woods, A Bruce Lyons
Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) is renowned for its successful evasion of the host immune system. Down regulation of the major histocompatabilty complex class I molecule (MHC-I) on the DFTD cells is a primary mechanism of immune escape. Immunization trials on captive Tasmanian devils have previously demonstrated that an immune response against DFTD can be induced, and that immune-mediated tumor regression can occur. However, these trials were limited by their small sample sizes. Here, we describe the results of two DFTD immunization trials on cohorts of devils prior to their wild release as part of the Tasmanian Government's Wild Devil Recovery project...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Nicholas A Gherardin, Liyen Loh, Lorenztino Admojo, Alexander J Davenport, Kelden Richardson, Amy Rogers, Phillip K Darcy, Misty R Jenkins, H Miles Prince, Simon J Harrison, Hang Quach, David P Fairlie, Katherine Kedzierska, James McCluskey, Adam P Uldrich, Paul J Neeson, David S Ritchie, Dale I Godfrey
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are T cells that recognise vitamin-B derivative Ag presented by the MHC-related-protein 1 (MR1) antigen-presenting molecule. While MAIT cells are highly abundant in humans, their role in tumour immunity remains unknown. Here we have analysed the frequency and function of MAIT cells in multiple myeloma (MM) patients. We show that MAIT cell frequency in blood is reduced compared to healthy adult donors, but comparable to elderly healthy control donors. Furthermore, there was no evidence that MAIT cells accumulated at the disease site (bone marrow) of these patients...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Santosh Kumar
Natural killer (NK) cells express an array of germ-line encoded receptors that are capable of triggering cytotoxicity. NK cells tend to express many members of a given family of signaling molecules. The presence of many activating receptors and many members of a given family of signaling molecules can enable NK cells to detect different kinds of target cells, and to mount different kinds of responses. This contributes also to the robustness of NK cells responses; cytotoxic functions of NK cells often remain unaffected in the absence of selected signaling molecules...
March 7, 2018: Immunology
Miseon Lee, In Hye Song, Sun-Hee Heo, Young-Ae Kim, In Ah Park, Won Seon Bang, Hye Seon Park, Gyungyub Gong, Hee Jin Lee
Purpose: In the presence of interferon, proteasome subunits are replaced by their inducible counterparts to form an immunoproteasome (IP) plays a key role in generation of antigenic peptides presented by MHC class I molecules, leading to elicitation of a T cell‒mediated immune response. Although the roles of IP in other cancers, and inflammatory diseases have been extensively studied, its significance in breast cancer is unclear. Materials and Methods: We investigated the expression of LMP7, an IP subunit, and its relationship with immune system components in two breast cancer cohorts...
February 26, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
Khawar Ali Shahzad, Xin Wan, Lei Zhang, Weiya Pei, Aifeng Zhang, Muhammad Younis, Wei Wang, Chuanlai Shen
Biomimetic nanoparticles have been reported as immune modulators in autoimmune diseases and allograft rejections by numerous researchers. However, most of the therapeutics carrying antigens, toxins or cytokines underlay the mechanism of antigen presentation by cellular uptake of NPs through pinocytosis and phagocytosis. Few researches focus on the direct and antigen-specific modulation on T cells by NPs and combined use of multiple regulatory molecules. Here, polylactic-co-glycolic acid nanoparticles (PLGA-NPs) were fabricated as scaffold to cocoupling H-2Kb -Ig dimer, anti-Fas mAb, PD-L1-Fc, TGF-β and CD47-Fc for the generation of alloantigen-presenting and tolerance-inducing NPs, termed killer NPs and followed by i...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Joel Lanoix, Chantal Durette, Mathieu Courcelles, Émilie Cossette, Simon Comtois-Marotte, Marie-Pierre Hardy, Caroline Côté, Claude Perreault, Pierre Thibault
Significant technological advances in both affinity chromatography and mass spectrometry have facilitated the identification of peptides associated with the major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules, and enabled a greater understanding of the dynamic nature of the immunopeptidome of normal and neoplastic cells. While the isolation of MHC I-associated peptides (MIPs) typically used mild acid elution (MAE) or immunoprecipitation (IP), limited information currently exists regarding their respective analytical merits...
March 6, 2018: Proteomics
Priyanka Chauhan, Wen S Sheng, Shuxian Hu, Sujata Prasad, James R Lokensgard
BACKGROUND: Peripheral neuropathy is currently the most common neurological complication in HIV-infected individuals, occurring in 35-50% of patients undergoing combination anti-retroviral therapy. Data have shown that distal symmetric polyneuropathy develops in mice by 6 weeks following infection with the LP-BM5 retrovirus mixture. Previous work from our laboratory has demonstrated that glial cells modulate antiviral T-cell effector responses through the programmed death (PD)-1: PD-L1 pathway, thereby limiting the deleterious consequences of unrestrained neuroinflammation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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