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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913206/mag-fluo4-in-t-cells-imaging-of-intra-organelle-free-ca-2-concentrations
#1
Björn-Philipp Diercks, Ralf Fliegert, Andreas H Guse
Ca(2+) signaling is a major signal transduction pathway involved in T cell activation, but also in apoptosis of T cells. Since T cells make use of several Ca(2+)-mobilizing second messengers, such as nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate, d-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, and cyclic ADP-ribose, we intended to analyze luminal Ca(2+) concentration upon cell activation. Mag-Fluo4/AM, a low-affinity Ca(2+) dye known to localize to the endoplasmic reticular lumen in many cell types, showed superior brightness and bleaching stability, but, surprisingly, co-localized with mito-tracker, but not with ER-tracker in Jurkat T cells...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911407/preparation-of-cd4-t-cells-for-analysis-of-gd3-and-gd2-ganglioside-membrane-expression-by-microscopy
#2
Tania M Villanueva-Cabello, Iván Martinez-Duncker
The methods described herein for activation of naïve CD4(+) T cells in suspension and their adherence in coverslips for confocal microscopy analysis allow the spatial localization and visualization of gangliosides involved in CD4(+) T cell activation, that complement expression profiling experiments such as flow cytometry, western blotting or real-time PCR. The quantification of ganglioside expression through flow cytometry and their cellular localization through microscopy can be obtained by the use of anti-ganglioside antibodies with high affinity and specificity...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908880/an-anti-cd3-anti-cll-1-bispecific-antibody-for-the-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Steven R Leong, Siddharth Sukumaran, Maria Hristopoulos, Klara Totpal, Shannon Stainton, Elizabeth Lu, Alfred Wong, Lucinda Tam, Robert Newman, Brian R Vuillemenot, Diego Ellerman, Chen Gu, Mary Mathieu, Mark S Dennis, Allen Nguyen, Bing Zheng, Crystal Zhang, Genee Lee, Yu-Waye Chu, Rodney A Prell, Kedan Lin, Steven T Laing, Andrew G Polson
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is major unmet medical need. Most patients have poor long-term survival and treatment has not significantly changed in 40 years. Recently, bispecific antibodies that redirect the cytotoxic activity of effector T-cells by binding to CD3, the signaling component of the T-cell receptor, and a tumor target have shown clinical activity. Notably, blinatumomab is approved to treat relapsed/refractory acute lymphoid leukemia. Here we describe the design, discovery, pharmacological activity, pharmacokinetics, and safety of a CD3 T-cell-dependent bispecific (TDB) full-length human IgG1 therapeutic antibody targeting CLL-1 that could potentially be used in humans to treat AML...
December 1, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903862/improved-cancer-immunotherapy-by-a-cd25-mimobody-conferring-selectivity-to-human-interleukin-2
#4
Natalia Arenas-Ramirez, Chao Zou, Simone Popp, Daniel Zingg, Barbara Brannetti, Emmanuelle Wirth, Thomas Calzascia, Jiri Kovarik, Lukas Sommer, Gerhard Zenke, Janine Woytschak, Catherine H Regnier, Andreas Katopodis, Onur Boyman
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) immunotherapy is an attractive approach in treating advanced cancer. However, by binding to its IL-2 receptor α (CD25) subunit, IL-2 exerts unwanted effects, including stimulation of immunosuppressive regulatory T cells (Tregs) and contribution to vascular leak syndrome. We used a rational approach to develop a monoclonal antibody to human IL-2, termed NARA1, which acts as a high-affinity CD25 mimic, thereby minimizing association of IL-2 with CD25. The structure of the IL-2-NARA1 complex revealed that NARA1 occupies the CD25 epitope of IL-2 and precisely overlaps with CD25...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903740/protective-t-cell-responses-featured-by-concordant-recognition-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-derived-cd8-t-cell-epitopes-and-host-mhc
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William J Liu, Jiaming Lan, Kefang Liu, Yao Deng, Yanfeng Yao, Shaolian Wu, Hong Chen, Lingling Bao, Haifeng Zhang, Min Zhao, Qihui Wang, Lingxia Han, Yan Chai, Jianxun Qi, Jincun Zhao, Songdong Meng, Chuan Qin, George F Gao, Wenjie Tan
The coordinated recognition of virus-derived T cell epitopes and MHC molecules by T cells plays a pivotal role in cellular immunity-mediated virus clearance. It has been demonstrated that the conformation of MHC class I (MHC I) molecules can be adjusted by the presented peptide, which impacts T cell activation. However, it is still largely unknown whether the conformational shift of MHC I influences the protective effect of virus-specific T cells. In this study, utilizing the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus-infected mouse model, we observed that through the unusual secondary anchor Ile5, a CD8(+) T cell epitope drove the conformational fit of Trp(73) on the α1 helix of murine MHC I H-2K(d) In vitro renaturation and circular dichroism assays indicated that this shift of the structure did not influence the peptide/MHC I binding affinity...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902325/targeting-naturally-occurring-epitope-variants-of-hepatitis-c-virus-with-high-affinity-t-cell-receptors
#6
Huajun Zhang, Jianbing Zhang, Lei Chen, Zhiming Weng, Ye Tian, Haifeng Zhao, Youjia Li, Lin Chen, Zhaoduan Liang, Hongjun Zheng, Wenzhuo Zhao, Shi Zhong, Yi Li
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) readily establishes chronic infection, which is characterized by failure of virus-specific CD8+ T cells. HCV uses epitope mutation and T-cell exhaustion to escape from the host immune response. Previously, we engineered high-affinity T-cell receptors (HATs) targeting HIV escape mutants. In this study, the affinity of a T-cell receptor specific for the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A2-restricted HCV immunodominant epitope NS3 1406-1415 (KLVALGINAV) was improved from a KD of 6.6 µM to 40 pM...
November 11, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899623/combining-transcription-factor-binding-affinities-with-open-chromatin-data-for-accurate-gene-expression-prediction
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Florian Schmidt, Nina Gasparoni, Gilles Gasparoni, Kathrin Gianmoena, Cristina Cadenas, Julia K Polansky, Peter Ebert, Karl Nordström, Matthias Barann, Anupam Sinha, Sebastian Fröhler, Jieyi Xiong, Azim Dehghani Amirabad, Fatemeh Behjati Ardakani, Barbara Hutter, Gideon Zipprich, Bärbel Felder, Jürgen Eils, Benedikt Brors, Wei Chen, Jan G Hengstler, Alf Hamann, Thomas Lengauer, Philip Rosenstiel, Jörn Walter, Marcel H Schulz
The binding and contribution of transcription factors (TF) to cell specific gene expression is often deduced from open-chromatin measurements to avoid costly TF ChIP-seq assays. Thus, it is important to develop computational methods for accurate TF binding prediction in open-chromatin regions (OCRs). Here, we report a novel segmentation-based method, TEPIC, to predict TF binding by combining sets of OCRs with position weight matrices. TEPIC can be applied to various open-chromatin data, e.g. DNaseI-seq and NOMe-seq...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899481/hznt8-slc30a8-transgenic-mice-which-overexpress-the-r325w-polymorph-have-reduced-islet-zn2-and-proinsulin-levels-increased-glucose-tolerance-after-a-high-fat-diet-and-altered-levels-of-pancreatic-zinc-binding-proteins
#8
Li Li, Shi Bai, Christian T Sheline
Zinc is involved in both type-1 (T1DM) and type-2 (T2DM) diabetes. The wildtype (WT) form of the beta-cell specific Zn(2+) transporter, ZNT8, is linked to T2DM susceptibility. ZnT8 null mice have a mild phenotype with a slight decrease in glucose tolerance, whereas patients with the ZnT8 R325W polymorphism (rs13266634) have decreased proinsulin staining and susceptibility to T2DM. We measured zinc, insulin, and proinsulin stainings, and IPGTT in transgenic mice overexpressing hZnT8 WT or hZnT8 R325W fed a normal or high fat diet (HFD)...
November 29, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895642/functional-and-structural-characterization-of-a-novel-hla-drb1-04-01-restricted-%C3%AE-enolase-t-cell-epitope-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Christina Gerstner, Anatoly Dubnovitsky, Charlotta Sandin, Genadiy Kozhukh, Hannes Uchtenhagen, Eddie A James, Johan Rönnelid, Anders Jimmy Ytterberg, Jennifer Pieper, Evan Reed, Carolina Tandre, Mary Rieck, Roman A Zubarev, Lars Rönnblom, Tatyana Sandalova, Jane H Buckner, Adnane Achour, Vivianne Malmström
Antibodies to citrullinated proteins, common in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, are strongly associated to a specific set of HLA-DR alleles including HLA-DRB1*04:01, *04:04, and *01:01. Here, we first demonstrate that autoantibody levels toward the dominant citrullinated B cell epitope from α-enolase are significantly elevated in HLA-DRB1*04:01-positive RA patients. Furthermore, we identified α-enolase-derived T cell epitopes and demonstrated that native and citrullinated versions of several peptides bind with different affinities to HLA-DRB1*04:01, *04:04, and *01:01...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891132/impact-of-chronic-hiv-siv-infection-on-t-follicular-helper-cell-subsets-and-germinal-center-homeostasis
#10
REVIEW
Stéphanie Graff-Dubois, Angeline Rouers, Arnaud Moris
The discovery of broad and potent HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) has renewed optimism for developing an effective vaccine against HIV-1. The generation of most bNAbs requires multiple rounds of B cell receptor affinity maturation, suggesting a crucial role of follicular helper T (Tfh) cells in their production. However, less than 1% of HIV-infected patients develop bNAbs that arise late in the course of infection, indicating probable Tfh and B cell dysfunctions in this context. Since the last few years, many studies have characterized Tfh cells from lymph nodes and spleen of HIV-infected individuals and SIV-infected macaques...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891122/membrane-active-epithelial-keratin-6a-fragments-kamps-are-unique-human-antimicrobial-peptides-with-a-non-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-structure
#11
Judy T Y Lee, Guangshun Wang, Yu Tong Tam, Connie Tam
Antibiotic resistance is a pressing global health problem that threatens millions of lives each year. Natural antimicrobial peptides and their synthetic derivatives, including peptoids and peptidomimetics, are promising candidates as novel antibiotics. Recently, the C-terminal glycine-rich fragments of human epithelial keratin 6A were found to have bactericidal and cytoprotective activities. Here, we used an improved 2-dimensional NMR method coupled with a new protocol for structural refinement by low temperature simulated annealing to characterize the solution structure of these kerain-derived antimicrobial peptides (KAMPs)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889311/structural-evaluation-of-a-nanobody-targeting-complement-receptor-vsig4-and-its-cross-reactivity
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Yurong Wen, Zhenlin Ouyang, Steve Schoonooghe, Siyu Luo, Patrick De Baetselier, Wuyuan Lu, Serge Muyldermans, Geert Raes, Fang Zheng
Vsig4 is a recently identified immune regulatory protein related to the B7 family with dual functionality: a negative regulator of T cell activation and a receptor for the complement components C3b and C3c. Here we present a structural evaluation of a nanobody, Nb119, against the extracellular IgV domain protein of both mouse and human recombinant Vsig4, which have a high degree of sequence identity. Although mouse and human Vsig4 bind to Nb119 with a 250 times difference in dissociation constants, the interaction results in a highly identical assembly with a RMSD of 0...
November 18, 2016: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888551/selective-targeting-of-high-affinity-lfa-1-does-not-augment-costimulation-blockade-in-a-nonhuman-primate-renal-transplantation-model
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K P Samy, D A Anderson, D J Lo, M S Mulvihill, M Song, A B Farris, B S Parker, A L MacDonald, C Lu, T A Springer, S C Kachlany, K A Reimann, T How, F V Leopardi, K S Franke, K D Williams, B H Collins, A D Kirk
Costimulation blockade (CoB) via belatacept is a lower morbidity alternative to calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-based immunosuppression. However, it has higher rates of early acute rejection. These early rejections are mediated in part by memory T cells, which have reduced dependence on the pathway targeted by belatacept, and increased adhesion molecule expression. One such molecule is Leukocyte Function Associated Antigen (LFA)-1. LFA-1 exists in two forms, a commonly expressed, low-affinity form, and a transient, high-affinity form, expressed only during activation...
November 26, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887623/generation-of-protective-immunity-against-orientia-tsutsugamushi-infection-by-immunization-with-a-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle-combined-with-scaa-antigen
#14
Na-Young Ha, Hyun Mu Shin, Prashant Sharma, Hyun Ah Cho, Chan-Ki Min, Hong-Il Kim, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Jae-Seung Kang, Ik-Sang Kim, Myung-Sik Choi, Young Keun Kim, Nam-Hyuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Zinc oxide nanoparticle (ZNP) has been applied in various biomedical fields. Here, we investigated the usage of ZNP as an antigen carrier for vaccine development by combining a high affinity peptide to ZNP. RESULTS: A novel zinc oxide-binding peptide (ZBP), FPYPGGDA, with high affinity to ZNP (K a  = 2.26 × 10(6) M(-1)) was isolated from a random peptide library and fused with a bacterial antigen, ScaA of Orientia tsutsugamushi, the causative agent of scrub typhus...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887573/in-vitro-function-of-upstream-visfatin-polymorphisms-that-are-associated-with-adverse-cardiometabolic-parameters-in-obese-children
#15
Delicia Shu Qin Ooi, Siong Gim Ong, Chew Kiat Heng, Kah Yin Loke, Yung Seng Lee
BACKGROUND: Visfatin is an adipokine associated with glucose and lipid metabolism. We previously reported two visfatin upstream single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), c.-3187G > A (rs11977021) and c.-1537C > T (rs61330082), which were in perfect linkage disequilibrium, in a Singaporean cohort of severely obese children and are associated with visfatin level and adverse cardiometabolic parameters. We aim to functionally characterize the effect of c.-3187G > A and c...
November 25, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884119/anti-lrp-lr-specific-antibody-igg1-is18-impedes-adhesion-and-invasion-of-pancreatic-cancer-and-neuroblastoma-cells
#16
Thalia M Rebelo, Carryn J Chetty, Eloise Ferreira, Stefan F T Weiss
BACKGROUND: Cancer has become a global burden due to its high incidence and mortality rates, with an estimated 14.1 million cancer cases reported worldwide in 2012 particularly as a result of metastasis. Metastasis involves two crucial steps: adhesion and invasion, and the non-integrin receptor; the 37-kDa/67-kDa laminin receptor precursor/ high affinity laminin receptor (LRP/LR) has been shown to be overexpressed on the surface of tumorigenic cells, thus being implicated in the enhancement of these two crucial steps...
November 24, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883180/mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-suppress-humoral-immune-response-through-reduction-of-cd19-expression-in-b-cells-in-mice
#17
Masato Ogura, Takeshi Inoue, Junko Yamaki, Miwako K Homma, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Yoshimi Homma
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are implicated in the modulation of diverse processes including immune responses. To evaluate the effects of metabolic ROS produced by mitochondria on B-cell function and development, we created transgenic (Tg) mice expressing a phosphorylation-defective mutant of succinate dehydrogenase A (SDHA(Y215F) ) in B cells (bSDHA(Y215F) ). Splenic B cells in male, but not female, bSDHA(Y215F) mice produced three times more ROS than those in the control mice, and had decreased production of IgM, IgG1 , and IgG3 , and affinity maturation of IgG1 against T-cell-dependent antigens...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881740/peripheral-self-reactivity-regulates-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cell-responses-and-cell-division-under-physiological-conditions
#18
Lee Kim Swee, Zhen Wei Tan, Anna Sanecka, Nagisa Yoshida, Harshil Patel, Gijsbert Grotenbreg, Eva-Maria Frickel, Hidde L Ploegh
T-cell identity is established by the expression of a clonotypic T-cell receptor (TCR), generated by somatic rearrangement of TCRα and β genes. The properties of the TCR determine both the degree of self-reactivity and the repertoire of antigens that can be recognized. For CD8 T cells, the relationship between TCR identity-hence reactivity to self-and effector function(s) remains to be fully understood and has rarely been explored outside of the H-2(b) haplotype. We measured the affinity of three structurally distinct CD8 T-cell-derived TCRs that recognize the identical H-2 L(d)-restricted epitope, derived from the Rop7 protein of Toxoplasma gondii We used CD8 T cells obtained from mice generated by somatic cell nuclear transfer as the closest approximation of primary T cells with physiological TCR rearrangements and TCR expression levels...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881707/a-cd80-biased-ctla4-ig-fusion-protein-with-superior-in-vivo-efficacy-by-simultaneous-engineering-of-affinity-selectivity-stability-and-fcrn-binding
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Julie Douthwaite, Jacques Moisan, Cyril Privezentzev, Blagoje Soskic, Shereen Sabbah, Suzanne Cohen, Andie Collinson, Elizabeth England, Catherine Huntington, Ben Kemp, Li Zhuang, Suzanne Hudak, D Gareth Rees, Debbie Goldberg, Chris Barton, Linda Chang, Inna Vainshtein, Meina Liang, Laurie Iciek, Philip Ambery, Mark Peakman, Tristan J Vaughan, Tim I M Tree, David M Sansom, Michael A Bowen, Ralph R Minter, Lutz Jermutus
Affinity- and stability-engineered variants of CTLA4-Ig fusion molecules with enhanced pharmacokinetic profiles could yield improved therapies with the potential of higher efficacy and greater convenience to patients. In this study, to our knowledge, we have, for the first time, used in vitro evolution to simultaneously optimize CTLA4 affinity and stability. We selected for improved binding to both ligands, CD80 and CD86, and screened as dimeric Fc fusions directly in functional assays to identify variants with stronger suppression of in vitro T cell activation...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881485/visualization-of-ligand-induced-gi-protein-activation-in-chemotaxing-cells
#20
Kazuyuki Masuda, Jun-Ichi Kitakami, Tohru Kozasa, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Sigeo Ihara, Takao Hamakubo
Cell migration to chemoattractants is critically important in both normal physiology and the pathogenesis of many diseases. In GPCR-mediated chemotaxis, GPCRs transduce the gradient of an extracellular chemotactic ligand into intracellular responses via the activation of heterotrimeric G proteins. However, ligand-induced G protein activation has not been directly imaged as yet in mammalian chemotaxing cells. We developed a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) probe (R10-Gi) by linking the Gi protein α subunit to the regulator of G protein signaling domain...
November 23, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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