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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636954/germinal-center-selection-and-affinity-maturation-require-dynamic-regulation-of-mtorc1-kinase
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Jonatan Ersching, Alejo Efeyan, Luka Mesin, Johanne T Jacobsen, Giulia Pasqual, Brian C Grabiner, David Dominguez-Sola, David M Sabatini, Gabriel D Victora
During antibody affinity maturation, germinal center (GC) B cells cycle between affinity-driven selection in the light zone (LZ) and proliferation and somatic hypermutation in the dark zone (DZ). Although selection of GC B cells is triggered by antigen-dependent signals delivered in the LZ, DZ proliferation occurs in the absence of such signals. We show that positive selection triggered by T cell help activates the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), which promotes the anabolic program that supports DZ proliferation...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634816/critical-biological-parameters-modulate-affinity-as-a-determinant-of-function-in-t-cell-receptor-gene-modified-t-cells
#2
Timothy T Spear, Yuan Wang, Kendra C Foley, David C Murray, Gina M Scurti, Patricia E Simms, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Lance M Hellman, Brian M Baker, Michael I Nishimura
T-cell receptor (TCR)-pMHC affinity has been generally accepted to be the most important factor dictating antigen recognition in gene-modified T-cells. As such, there is great interest in optimizing TCR-based immunotherapies by enhancing TCR affinity to augment the therapeutic benefit of TCR gene-modified T-cells in cancer patients. However, recent clinical trials using affinity-enhanced TCRs in adoptive cell transfer (ACT) have observed unintended and serious adverse events, including death, attributed to unpredicted off-tumor or off-target cross-reactivity...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634215/vaccination-with-high-affinity-epitopes-impairs-antitumor-efficacy-by-increasing-pd-1expression-on-cd8-t-cells
#3
Christopher D Zahm, Viswa Colluru, Douglas G McNeel
Antitumor vaccines encoding self-antigens generally have low immunogenicity in clinical trials. Several approaches are aimed at improving vaccine immunogenicity, including efforts to alter encoded epitopes. Immunization with epitopes altered for increased affinity for the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) or T-cell receptor (TCR) elicits greater numbers of CD8 T cells but inferior antitumor responses. Our previous results suggested that programmed death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) increased on antigen-specific CD8 T cells and tumor cells, respectively, after high-affinity vaccination...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632753/mait-cells-launch-a-rapid-robust-and-distinct-hyperinflammatory-response-to-bacterial-superantigens-and-quickly-acquire-an-anergic-phenotype-that-impedes-their-cognate-antimicrobial-function-defining-a-novel-mechanism-of-superantigen-induced-immunopathology
#4
Christopher R Shaler, Joshua Choi, Patrick T Rudak, Arash Memarnejadian, Peter A Szabo, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Jamie Rossjohn, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, John K McCormick, Olivier Lantz, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Superantigens (SAgs) are potent exotoxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. They target a large fraction of T cell pools to set in motion a "cytokine storm" with severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences typically encountered in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Given the rapidity with which TSS develops, designing timely and truly targeted therapies for this syndrome requires identification of key mediators of the cytokine storm's initial wave. Equally important, early host responses to SAgs can be accompanied or followed by a state of immunosuppression, which in turn jeopardizes the host's ability to combat and clear infections...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630934/ligand-binding-to-a-g-protein-coupled-receptor-captured-in-a-mass-spectrometer
#5
Hsin-Yung Yen, Jonathan T S Hopper, Idlir Liko, Timothy M Allison, Ya Zhu, Dejian Wang, Monika Stegmann, Shabaz Mohammed, Beili Wu, Carol V Robinson
G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein)-coupled receptors belong to the largest family of membrane-embedded cell surface proteins and are involved in a diverse array of physiological processes. Despite progress in the mass spectrometry of membrane protein complexes, G protein-coupled receptors have remained intractable because of their low yield and instability after extraction from cell membranes. We established conditions in the mass spectrometer that preserve noncovalent ligand binding to the human purinergic receptor P2Y1...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630076/what-are-the-primary-limitations-in-b-cell-affinity-maturation-and-how-much-affinity-maturation-can-we-drive-with-vaccination-is-affinity-maturation-a-self-defeating-process-for-eliciting-broad-protection
#6
Christopher T Stamper, Patrick C Wilson
Vaccinations are one of the greatest success stories of modern medicine, saving millions of lives since their widespread adoption. However, several diseases continue to elude highly effective vaccination strategies. Chief among these are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and influenza (flu), both of which will require vaccines that can guide the creation of highly mutated, broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). The generation of bnAbs is hindered by our inability to effectively drive the high levels of affinity maturation required to achieve them in a large number of cells...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628279/acyclic-nucleoside-phosphonates-containing-9-deazahypoxanthine-and-a-5-membered-heterocycle-as-selective-inhibitors-of-plasmodial-6-oxopurine-phosphoribosyltransferases
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Martin Maxmilian Kaiser, Ondřej Baszczyňski, Dana Hocková, Lenka Poštová-Slavětínská, Martin Dračínský, Dianne T Keough, Luke W Guddat, Zlatko Janeba
Acyclic nucleoside phosphonates (ANPs) are an important class of therapeutic drugs that act as antiviral agents by inhibiting viral DNA polymerases and reverse transcriptases. ANPs containing a 6-oxopurine instead of 6-aminopurine or pyrimidine bases are inhibitors of the purine salvage enzyme, hypoxanthine-guanine-[xanthine]-phosphoribosyltransferase (HG[X]PRT). Such compounds, and their prodrugs, are able to arrest the growth of Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) in cell culture. A new series of ANPs has been synthesized and tested as inhibitors of human HGPRT, PfHGXPRT and Plasmodium vivax (Pv) HGPRT...
June 19, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627792/%C3%AE-catenin-in-desmoid-type-fibromatosis-deep-insights-on-the-role-of-t41a-and-s45f-mutations-on-protein-structure-and-gene-expression
#8
C Colombo, A Belfiore, N Paielli, L De Cecco, S Canevari, E Laurini, M Fermeglia, S Pricl, P Verderio, S Bottelli, M Fiore, S Stacchiotti, E Palassini, A Gronchi, S Pilotti, F Perrone
Desmoid- type fibromatosis (DF) is a rare mesenchymal lesion with high risk of local recurrence. Specific β-catenin mutations (S45F) appeared to be related to this higher risk compared to T41A mutated or wild type (WT). We explored the influence of both mutations and WT on structure stability and affinity of β-catenin for α-catenin and the pattern of gene expression that may influence DF behavior. Using 33 surgically resected primary DFs harboring T41A (n=14), S45F (n=10) or WT (n=9), we performed a comparative molecular analysis by protein/protein interaction modeling, gene expression by DASL microarrays, human inflammation gene panel and assessment of immune system-based biomarkers by immunohistochemistry...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625148/affinity-crystallography-reveals-the-bioactive-compounds-of-industrial-juicing-byproducts-of-punica-granatum-for-glycogen-phosphorylase
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George A Stravodimos, Anastassia L Kantsadi, Anna Apostolou, Efthimios Kyriakis, Vassiliki-Nafsika Kafaski-Kanelli, Theodora G A Solovou, Pagona Gatzona, Panagiota Cv Liggri, Stavroula Theofanous, Vyron A Gorgogietas, Apostolia Kissa, Chariklia Psachoula, Demetra S M Chatzileontiadou, Angelos Lemonakis, Anna-Maria G Psarra, Vassiliki T Skamnaki, Serkos Haroutounian, Demetres D Leonidas
BACKGROUND: Glycogen phosphorylase (GP) is a pharmaceutical target for the discovery of new antihyperglycaemic agents. Punica granatum is a well-known plant for its potent antioxidant and antimicrobial activities but so far has not been examined for antihyperglycaemic activity. OBJECTIVE: To examine the inhibitory potency of eighteen polyphenolic extracts obtained from Punica granatum fruits and industrial juicing byproducts against GP and discover their most bioactive ingredients...
June 18, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623251/highly-functional-t-cell-receptor-repertoires-are-abundant-in-stem-memory-t-cells-and-highly-shared-among-individuals
#10
Takahiko Miyama, Takakazu Kawase, Kazutaka Kitaura, Ren Chishaki, Masashi Shibata, Kumi Oshima, Hiroshi Hamana, Hiroyuki Kishi, Atsushi Muraguchi, Kiyotaka Kuzushima, Hiroh Saji, Tadasu Shin-I, Ryuji Suzuki, Tatsuo Ichinohe
To expand our knowledge of the ontogeny of the T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire of antigen-specific T-cell subsets, we combined next-generation deep sequencing and single-cell multiplex clonotype analysis to evaluate the diversity and frequency of paired TCRs, their functions and whether clonotypic TCRs are shared among different individuals. Using an HLA-A*02-restricted cytomegalovirus (CMV) pp65-derived immunogenic peptide, we found that the more dominant pp65-specific TCR clonotypes in the blood of healthy donors have higher binding affinities for the CMV peptide and arise from clonotypes that are highly shared among individuals...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620237/lea29y-expression-in-transgenic-neonatal-porcine-islet-like-cluster-promotes-long-lasting-xenograft-survival-in-humanized-mice-without-immunosuppressive-therapy
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L Wolf-van Buerck, M Schuster, F S Oduncu, A Baehr, T Mayr, S Guethoff, J Abicht, B Reichart, N Klymiuk, E Wolf, J Seissler
Genetically engineered pigs are a promising source for islet cell transplantation in type 1 diabetes, but the strong human anti-pig immune response prevents its successful clinical application. Here we studied the efficacy of neonatal porcine islet-like cell clusters (NPICCs) overexpressing LEA29Y, a high-affinity variant of the T cell co-stimulation inhibitor CTLA-4Ig, to engraft and restore normoglycemia after transplantation into streptozotocin-diabetic NOD-SCID IL2rγ(-/-) (NSG) mice stably reconstituted with a human immune system...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619678/april-taci-axis-is-dispensable-for-the-immune-response-to-rabies-vaccination
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Shannon L Haley, Evgeni P Tzvetkov, Andrew G Lytle, Kishore R Alugupalli, Joseph R Plummer, James P McGettigan
There is significant need to develop a single-dose rabies vaccine to replace the current multi-dose rabies vaccine regimen and eliminate the requirement for rabies immune globulin in post-exposure settings. To accomplish this goal, rabies virus (RABV)-based vaccines must rapidly activate B cells to secrete antibodies which neutralize pathogenic RABV before it enters the CNS. Increased understanding of how B cells effectively respond to RABV-based vaccines may improve efforts to simplify post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) regimens...
June 12, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617936/t-follicular-regulatory-cells-in-mice-and-men
#13
REVIEW
Ana Raquel Maceiras, Valter R Fonseca, Ana Agua-Doce, Luis Graca
It has long been known that CD4 T cells are necessary to provide help to B cells, triggering a germinal center (GC) reaction where affinity maturation and isotype switching occurs. However, the nature of the dedicated CD4 helper T cells, known as T follicular helper (Tfh), was only recently described. Here, we review the biology and function of the recently described T follicular regulatory (Tfr) cells, another CD4 T cell population also found within GCs but with regulatory function and characteristics. Tfr cells have been identified in mice and humans as simultaneously, presenting simultaneously characteristics of T follicular cells (namely CXCR5 expression) and regulatory T cells (including Foxp3 expression)...
June 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616446/treatment-with-anti-fc%C3%AE%C2%B5ri%C3%AE-antibody-exacerbates-eae-and-t-cell-immunity-against-myelin
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Silvia Musio, Massimo Costanza, Pietro Luigi Poliani, Elena Fontana, Manuela Cominelli, Gabriella Abolafio, Lawrence Steinman, Rosetta Pedotti
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of targeting the high-affinity receptor for immunoglobulin E (FcεRI), that plays a central role in allergic responses and is constitutively expressed on mast cells and basophils, in clinical disease and autoimmune T-cell response in experimental MS. METHODS: Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was induced in C57BL/6 mice by immunization with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein 35-55. Anti-FcεRI α-chain antibody was administered intraperitoneally...
May 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615221/coronin-1a-a-novel-player-in-integrin-biology-controls-neutrophil-trafficking-in-innate-immunity
#15
Robert Pick, Daniela Begandt, Thomas J Stocker, Melanie Salvermoser, Sarah Thome, Ralph T Böttcher, Eloi Montanez, Ute Harrison, Ignasi Forné, Alexander G Khandoga, Raffaele Coletti, Ludwig T Weckbach, Doris Brechtefeld, Rainer Haas, Axel Imhof, Steffen Massberg, Markus Sperandio, Barbara Walzog
Trafficking of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) during inflammation critically depends on the β2 integrins LFA-1 (CD11a/CD18) and Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18). Here, we identify Coronin 1A (Coro1A) as a novel regulator of β2 integrins that interacts with the cytoplasmic tail of CD18 and is crucial for induction of PMN adhesion and post-adhesion events, including adhesion strengthening, spreading, and migration under flow conditions. Transition of PMN rolling to firm adhesion critically depends on Coro1A by regulating the accumulation of high affinity LFA-1 in focal zones of adherent cells...
June 14, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614296/selective-depletion-of-uropathogenic-e-coli-from-the-gut-by-a-fimh-antagonist
#16
Caitlin N Spaulding, Roger D Klein, Ségolène Ruer, Andrew L Kau, Henry L Schreiber, Zachary T Cusumano, Karen W Dodson, Jerome S Pinkner, Daved H Fremont, James W Janetka, Han Remaut, Jeffrey I Gordon, Scott J Hultgren
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) affect 150 million people annually. Despite effective antibiotic therapy, 30-50% of patients experience recurrent UTIs. In addition, the growing prevalence of UPEC that are resistant to last-line antibiotic treatments, and more recently to carbapenems and colistin, make UTI a prime example of the antibiotic-resistance crisis and emphasize the need for new approaches to treat and prevent bacterial infections. UPEC strains establish reservoirs in the gut from which they are shed in the faeces, and can colonize the periurethral area or vagina and subsequently ascend through the urethra to the urinary tract, where they cause UTIs...
June 14, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611661/discovery-and-development-of-calcium-channel-blockers
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REVIEW
Théophile Godfraind
In the mid 1960s, experimental work on molecules under screening as coronary dilators allowed the discovery of the mechanism of calcium entry blockade by drugs later named calcium channel blockers. This paper summarizes scientific research on these small molecules interacting directly with L-type voltage-operated calcium channels. It also reports on experimental approaches translated into understanding of their therapeutic actions. The importance of calcium in muscle contraction was discovered by Sidney Ringer who reported this fact in 1883...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611475/murine-lrba-deficiency-causes-ctla-4-deficiency-in-tregs-without-progression-to-immune-dysregulation
#18
Deborah Burnett, Ian Parish, Etienne Masle-Farquhar, Robert Brink, Christopher Goodnow
Inherited mutations in Lipopolysaccharide Responsive Beige-like Anchor (LRBA) cause a recessive human immune dysregulation syndrome with memory B cell and antibody deficiency (common variable immunodeficiency, CVID), inflammatory bowel disease, enlarged spleen and lymph nodes, accumulation of activated T cells, and multiple autoimmune diseases. To understand the pathogenesis of the syndrome, C57BL/6 mice carrying a homozygous truncating mutation in Lrba were produced using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene targeting...
June 14, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608671/conformational-control-of-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-inhibition
#19
Kittikhun Wangkanont, Valerie J Winton, Katrina T Forest, Laura L Kiessling
UDP-galactopyranose mutase (Glf or UGM) catalyzes the formation of uridine 5'-diphosphate-α-D-galactofuranose (UDP-Galf) from UDP-galactopyranose (UDP-Galp). The enzyme is required for the production of Galf-containing glycans. UGM is absent in mammals, but members of the Corynebacterineae suborder require UGM for cell envelope biosynthesis. The need for UGM in some pathogens has prompted the search for inhibitors that could serve as antibiotic leads. Optimizing inhibitor potency, however, has been challenging...
June 13, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608537/inhibition-of-human-n-and-t-type-calcium-channels-by-an-ortho-phenoxyanilide-derivative-moniro-1
#20
Jeffrey R McArthur, Leonid Motin, Ellen C Gleeson, Sandro Spiller, Richard J Lewis, Peter J Duggan, Kellie L Tuck, David J Adams
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Voltage-gated calcium channels are involved in peripheral and central nervous system nociception. N-type (Cav 2.2) and T-type (Cav 3.1, Cav 3.2 and Cav 3.3) voltage-gated calcium channels are particularly important in studying and treating pain and epilepsy. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In this study, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology was used to assess the potency and mechanism of action of a novel ortho-phenoxylanilide derivative, MONIRO-1, against a panel of voltage-gated calcium channels including Cav 1...
June 13, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
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