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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319634/late-onset-bexarotene-induced-cd4-lymphopenia-in-a-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-patient
#1
Karin Eshagh, Laura S Romero, Jessica K So, Xianfeng Frank Zhao
Various infections, autoimmune diseases, medications, and total-body irradiation are known factors associated with CD4 lymphopenia, defined as a CD4 T-cell count below 300 cells/mL or less than 20% of total lymphocytes. We report a rare case of a patient with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) who developed profound CD4 lymphopenia in the setting of long-term bexarotene therapy. Bexarotene is a third-generation retinoid that inhibits epithelial cell proliferation and is approved for treatment of advanced CTCL (stages IIB-IVB) in adult patients who have failed at least 1 prior systemic therapy...
February 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319486/igg4-related-disease
#2
Emanuele Bozzalla Cassione, John H Stone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Remarkable insights have been gleaned recently with regard to the pathophysiology of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). These findings have direct implications for the development of targeted strategies for the treatment of this condition. RECENT FINDINGS: Oligoclonal expansions of cells of both the B and T lymphocyte lineages are present in the blood of patients with IgG4-RD. Oligoclonal expansions of plasmablasts are a good biomarker for disease activity...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319462/late-effects-of-exposure-to-ionizing-radiation-and-age-on-human-thymus-morphology-and-function
#3
Reiko Ito, Laura P Hale, Susan M Geyer, Jie Li, Andrew Sornborger, Junko Kajimura, Yoichiro Kusunoki, Kengo Yoshida, Marcel R M van den Brink, Seishi Kyoizumi, Nancy R Manley, Kei Nakachi, Gregory D Sempowski
The thymus is essential for proper development and maintenance of a T-cell repertoire that can respond to newly encountered antigens, but its function can be adversely affected by internal factors such as pregnancy and normal aging or by external stimuli such as stress, infection, chemotherapy and ionizing radiation. We have utilized a unique archive of thymus tissues, obtained from 165 individuals, exposed to the 1945 atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, to study the long-term effects of receiving up to ∼3 Gy dose of ionizing radiation on human thymus function...
March 20, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319449/non-clinical-study-examining-aav8-tbg-hldlr-vector-associated-toxicity-in-chow-fed-wild-type-and-ldlr-rhesus-macaques
#4
Jenny A Greig, Maria P Limberis, Peter Bell, Shu-Jen Chen, Roberto Calcedo, Daniel J Rader, James M Wilson
Vectors based on adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8) have been evaluated in several clinical trials of gene therapy for hemophilia B with encouraging results. In preparation for a Phase 1 clinical trial of AAV8 gene therapy for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), the safety of the clinical candidate vector, AAV8.TBG.hLDLR, was evaluated in wild-type rhesus macaques and macaques heterozygous for a nonsense mutation in the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) gene (LDLR(+/-))...
March 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319114/internally-tagged-ubiquitin-a-tool-to-identify-linear-polyubiquitin-modified-proteins-by-mass-spectrometry
#5
Katarzyna Kliza, Christoph Taumer, Irene Pinzuti, Mirita Franz-Wachtel, Simone Kunzelmann, Benjamin Stieglitz, Boris Macek, Koraljka Husnjak
Ubiquitination controls a plethora of cellular processes. Modifications by linear polyubiquitin have so far been linked with acquired and innate immunity, lymphocyte development and genotoxic stress response. Until now, a single E3 ligase complex (LUBAC), one specific deubiquitinase (OTULIN) and a very few linear polyubiquitinated substrates have been identified. Current methods for studying lysine-based polyubiquitination are not suitable for the detection of linear polyubiquitin-modified proteins. Here, we present an approach to discovering linear polyubiquitin-modified substrates by combining a lysine-less internally tagged ubiquitin (INT-Ub...
March 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319088/reference-component-analysis-of-single-cell-transcriptomes-elucidates-cellular-heterogeneity-in-human-colorectal-tumors
#6
Huipeng Li, Elise T Courtois, Debarka Sengupta, Yuliana Tan, Kok Hao Chen, Jolene Jie Lin Goh, Say Li Kong, Clarinda Chua, Lim Kiat Hon, Wah Siew Tan, Mark Wong, Paul Jongjoon Choi, Lawrence J K Wee, Axel M Hillmer, Iain Beehuat Tan, Paul Robson, Shyam Prabhakar
Intratumoral heterogeneity is a major obstacle to cancer treatment and a significant confounding factor in bulk-tumor profiling. We performed an unbiased analysis of transcriptional heterogeneity in colorectal tumors and their microenvironments using single-cell RNA-seq from 11 primary colorectal tumors and matched normal mucosa. To robustly cluster single-cell transcriptomes, we developed reference component analysis (RCA), an algorithm that substantially improves clustering accuracy. Using RCA, we identified two distinct subtypes of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs)...
March 20, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319074/tregs-hype-or-hope-for-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#7
REVIEW
F Lussana, M Di Ianni, A Rambaldi
The discovery of T regulatory cells has been one of the most important advances in basic immunology and has opened the door to the development of innovative therapeutic strategies for improving the outcome of solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Basic immunology is rapidly elucidating the complex biology of these cells even though the difficulties in purifying or even expanding them in vitro represent a major limitation to the development of clinical studies. The clinical benefit potentially associated with this therapeutic approach remains to be demonstrated...
March 20, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319073/ex-vivo-t-cell-depletion-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-past-present-and-future
#8
REVIEW
A Saad, L S Lamb
The most common cause of post-transplant mortality in patients with hematological malignancy is relapse, followed by GvHD, infections, organ toxicity and second malignancy. Immune-mediated complications such as GvHD continue to be challenging, yet amenable to control through manipulation of the T-cell compartment of the donor graft with subsequent immunomodulation after transplant. However, risk of both relapse and infection increase concomitantly with T-cell depletion (TCD) strategies that impair immune recovery...
March 20, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319047/isocitrate-dehydrogenase-mutations-suppress-stat1-and-cd8-t-cell-accumulation-in-gliomas
#9
Gary Kohanbash, Diego A Carrera, Shruti Shrivastav, Brian J Ahn, Naznin Jahan, Tali Mazor, Zinal S Chheda, Kira M Downey, Payal B Watchmaker, Casey Beppler, Rolf Warta, Nduka A Amankulor, Christel Herold-Mende, Joseph F Costello, Hideho Okada
Mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase genes IDH1 and IDH2 are among the first genetic alterations observed during the development of lower-grade glioma (LGG). LGG-associated IDH mutations confer gain-of-function activity by converting α-ketoglutarate to the oncometabolite R-2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG). Clinical samples and gene expression data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) demonstrate reduced expression of cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated genes and IFN-γ-inducible chemokines, including CXCL10, in IDH-mutated (IDH-MUT) tumors compared with IDH-WT tumors...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319046/t-cells-take-directions-from-supporting-cast-in-graft-versus-host-disease
#10
Derk Amsen
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains the only treatment option for several severe hematological malignancies. The development of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication of the procedure and results when donor T cells become activated against recipient-specific antigens. The factors that drive the alloreactive T cell response are not completely understood. In this issue of the JCI, Chung and colleagues present evidence that stromal cells within lymphoid tissue express the Notch ligands Delta-like 1/4 (DLL1 and DLL4), which in turn directly activate T cells...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318808/t-cell-receptor-assessment-in-autoimmune-disease-requires-access-to-the-most-adjacent-immunologically-active-organ
#11
Bergithe E Oftedal, Brita Ardesjö Lundgren, David Hamm, Poh-Yi Gan, Stephen R Holdsworth, Christopher N Hahn, Andreas W Schreiber, Hamish S Scott
Next generation sequencing of T and B cell receptors is emerging as a valuable and effective method to diagnose and monitor hematopoietic malignancies. So far, this approach has not been fully explored in regard to autoimmune diseases. T cells develop in the thymus where they undergo positive and negative selection, and the autoimmune regulator (Aire) is central in the establishment of immunological tolerance. Loss of Aire leads to severe multiorgan autoimmune disease with infiltration of autoreactive T cells in affected organs...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318800/autoimmune-disease-development-based-on-possible-mislocalization-of-intracellular-and-extracellular-proteins
#12
Borros Arneth
BACKGROUND: T helper cells can differentiate into several subsets of T lymphocytes, including Th1, Th2, and regulatory T (Treg) cells. As a result of this ability to differentiate, the corresponding T cell receptor (TCR) spectra display considerable cellular plasticity and interchangeability. In contrast, T lymphocyte differentiation and separation into CD4(+) and/or CD8(+) T cell lines creates stable populations over a person's lifetime, which abrogates the plasticity and interchange between these cell types and their corresponding TCR spectra but results in considerable stability regarding the corresponding TCR sequences and spectra...
February 27, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318765/in-vivo-electroporation-in-dna-vlp-prime-boost-preferentially-enhances-hiv-1-envelope-specific-igg2a-neutralizing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
#13
Xun Huang, Qianqian Zhu, Xiaoxing Huang, Lifei Yang, Yufeng Song, Ping Zhu, Paul Zhou
Although in vivo electroporation (EP) has been utilized to improve immunogenicity in DNA vaccines alone or in prime-boost regimens with both proteins and viral-vectors, no studies on in vivo EP in DNA-VLP prime-boost regimens against HIV-1 have been reported. Previously we developed stably transfected Drosophila S2 clones to produce HIV-1 virus-like particles (VLP) and demonstrated that priming mice twice with DNA plasmids encoding HIV-1 gp120 and gag and boosting twice with HIV-1 VLP (i.e. DDVV immunization) elicited both envelope-specific antibody and envelope and gag-specific CD8 T cell responses...
March 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318622/computer-assisted-topological-analysis-of-renal-allograft-inflammation-adds-to-risk-evaluation-at-diagnosis-of-humoral-rejection
#14
Antoine Sicard, Vannary Meas-Yedid, Maud Rabeyrin, Alice Koenig, Stephanie Ducreux, Frederique Dijoud, Valerie Hervieu, Lionel Badet, Emmanuel Morelon, Jean Christophe Olivo-Marin, Valerie Dubois, Olivier Thaunat
Antibody-mediated rejection is associated with heterogeneous kidney allograft outcomes. Accurate evaluation of risk for graft loss at time of diagnosis is necessary to offer personalized treatment. In contrast with serological and molecular assessment, morpho-histological evaluation of antibody-mediated rejection lesions has not significantly evolved. This relies on Banff classifications designed to be of diagnostic discriminatory power rather than prognostic and face quantitative and qualitative limitations...
March 15, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318492/-brain-tumor-immunotherapy-illusion-or-hope
#15
REVIEW
Denis Migliorini, Valérie Dutoit, Paul R Walker, Pierre-Yves Dietrich
Immunotherapy has proven efficient for many tumors and is now part of standard of care in many indications. What is the picture for brain tumors? The recent development of anti-CTLA-4 and PD1 immune checkpoint inhibitors, which have the ability to restore T lymphocytes activity, has gathered enthusiasm and is now paving the way towards more complex models of immune system manipulation. These models include, among others, vaccination and adoptive T cell transfer technologies. Complementary to those strategies, molecules capable of reshaping the immune tumor microenvironment are currently being investigated in early phase trials...
March 16, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318489/deletion-of-the-mad2l1-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-gene-is-tolerated-in-mouse-models-of-acute-t-cell-lymphoma-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Floris Foijer, Lee A Albacker, Bjorn Bakker, Diana C Spierings, Ying Yue, Stephanie Z Xie, Stephanie H Davis, Annegret Lutum-Jehle, Darin Takemoto, Brian Hare, Brinley Furey, Roderick T Bronson, Peter M Lansdorp, Allan Bradley, Peter K Sorger
Chromosome instability (CIN) is deleterious to normal cells because of the burden of aneuploidy. However, most human solid tumors have an abnormal karyotype implying that gain and loss of chromosomes by cancer cells confers a selective advantage. CIN can be induced in the mouse by inactivating the spindle assembly checkpoint. This is lethal in the germline but we show here that adult T cells and hepatocytes can survive conditional inactivation of the Mad2l1 SAC gene and resulting CIN. This causes rapid onset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and progressive development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), both lethal diseases...
March 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318197/-generalized-eruptive-histiocytosis-juvenile-xanthogranuloma-clinical-spectrum-in-a-pediatric-patient
#17
Ruth Alperovich, Pedro T Grassino, Raúl Asial, Luis Pasteris, María Del Carmen Boente
Both, generalized eruptive histiocytosis and juvenile xanthogranuloma are dendritic histiocytic disorders (also known as non-Langerhans cells histiocytosis) that share clinicopathological and immunohistiochemical characteristics. We present a 3-year-old female patient with skin lesions that were clinically compatible with generalized eruptive histiocytosis, confirmed by histopathological and immunohistochemical studies. During her development the disorder compromised the central nervous system, and surgical intervention of one symptomatic lesion was needed...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318017/thymic-crosstalk-restrains-the-pool-of-cortical-thymic-epithelial-cells-with-progenitor-properties
#18
Catarina Meireles, Ana R Ribeiro, Rute D Pinto, Catarina Leitão, Pedro M Rodrigues, Nuno L Alves
Cortical (cTEC) and medullary (mTEC) thymic epithelial cells establish key microenvironments for T-cell differentiation and arise from thymic epithelial cell progenitors (TEP). However, the nature of TEPs and the mechanism controlling their stemness in the postnatal thymus remain poorly defined. Using TEC clonogenic assays as a surrogate to survey TEP activity, we found that a fraction of cTECs generates specialized clonal-derived colonies, which contain cells with sustained colony-forming capacity (ClonoTECs)...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317923/generation-of-diversity-in-thymic-epithelial-cells
#19
REVIEW
Yousuke Takahama, Izumi Ohigashi, Song Baik, Graham Anderson
In the thymus, diverse populations of thymic epithelial cells (TECs), including cortical and medullary TECs and their subpopulations, have distinct roles in coordinating the development and repertoire selection of functionally competent and self-tolerant T cells. Here, we review the expanding diversity in TEC subpopulations in relation to their functions in T cell development and selection as well as their origins and development.
March 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317875/chd7-is-indispensable-for-mammalian-brain-development-through-activation-of-a-neuronal-differentiation-programme
#20
Weijun Feng, Daisuke Kawauchi, Huiqin Körkel-Qu, Huan Deng, Elisabeth Serger, Laura Sieber, Jenna Ariel Lieberman, Silvia Jimeno-González, Sander Lambo, Bola S Hanna, Yassin Harim, Malin Jansen, Anna Neuerburg, Olga Friesen, Marc Zuckermann, Vijayanad Rajendran, Jan Gronych, Olivier Ayrault, Andrey Korshunov, David T W Jones, Marcel Kool, Paul A Northcott, Peter Lichter, Felipe Cortés-Ledesma, Stefan M Pfister, Hai-Kun Liu
Mutations in chromatin modifier genes are frequently associated with neurodevelopmental diseases. We herein demonstrate that the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 7 (Chd7), frequently associated with CHARGE syndrome, is indispensable for normal cerebellar development. Genetic inactivation of Chd7 in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors leads to cerebellar hypoplasia in mice, due to the impairment of granule neuron differentiation, induction of apoptosis and abnormal localization of Purkinje cells, which closely recapitulates known clinical features in the cerebella of CHARGE patients...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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