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Satoru Konnai, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi
Recently, dysfunction of antigen-specific T cells is well documented as T-cell exhaustion and has been defined by the loss of effector functions during chronic infections and cancer in human. The exhausted T cells are characterized phenotypically by the surface expression of immunoinhibitory receptors, such as programmed death 1 (PD-1), lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3), T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 3 (Tim-3) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4). However, there is still a fundamental lack of knowledge about the immunoinhibitory receptors in the fields of veterinary medicine...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Brodie Miles, Shannon M Miller, Joy M Folkvord, David N Levy, Eva G Rakasz, Pamela J Skinner, Elizabeth Connick
During chronic HIV infection, viral replication is concentrated in secondary lymphoid follicles. Cytotoxic CD8 T cells control HIV replication in extrafollicular regions, but not in the follicle. Here, we show CXCR5hiCD44hiCD8 T cells are a regulatory subset differing from conventional CD8 T cells, and constitute the majority of CD8 T cells in the follicle. This subset, CD8 follicular regulatory T cells (CD8 TFR), expand in chronic SIV infection, exhibit enhanced expression of Tim-3 and IL-10, and express less perforin compared to conventional CD8 T cells...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Judith Feucht, Simone Kayser, David Gorodezki, Mohamad Hamieh, Michaela Döring, Franziska Blaeschke, Patrick Schlegel, Hans Bösmüller, Leticia Quintanilla-Fend, Martin Ebinger, Peter Lang, Rupert Handgretinger, Tobias Feuchtinger
T-cell immunotherapies are promising options in relapsed/refractory B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We investigated the effect of co-signaling molecules on T-cell attack against leukemia mediated by CD19/CD3-bispecific T-cell engager. Primary CD19+ ALL blasts (n≥10) and physiologic CD19+CD10+ bone marrow precursors were screened for 20 co-signaling molecules. PD-L1, PD-1, LAG-3, CD40, CD86, CD27, CD70 and HVEM revealed different stimulatory and inhibitory profiles of pediatric ALL compared to physiologic cells, with PD-L1 and CD86 as most prominent inhibitory and stimulatory markers...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Z M Feng, S M Guo
The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of T-cell immunoglobulin mucin domain molecule-3 (Tim-3) in osteosarcoma tissues, and analyze its effect on cell proliferation and metastasis in an osteosarcoma cell line. Tim-3 mRNA and protein expression in osteosarcoma tissue was detected by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry, respectively. Additionally, the cell viability, apoptosis rate, and invasive ability of the osteosarcoma cell line MG-63 were tested using the methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, Annexin V-propidium iodide flow cytometry, and a Transwell assay, respectively, following Tim-3 interference using small interfering RNA (siRNA)...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Patrick H Lizotte, Elena V Ivanova, Mark M Awad, Robert E Jones, Lauren Keogh, Hongye Liu, Ruben Dries, Christina Almonte, Grit S Herter-Sprie, Abigail Santos, Nora B Feeney, Cloud P Paweletz, Meghana M Kulkarni, Adam J Bass, Anil K Rustgi, Guo-Cheng Yuan, Donald W Kufe, Pasi A Jänne, Peter S Hammerman, Lynette M Sholl, F Stephen Hodi, William G Richards, Raphael Bueno, Jessie M English, Mark A Bittinger, Kwok-Kin Wong
BACKGROUND. Immune checkpoint blockade improves survival in a subset of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but robust biomarkers that predict response to PD-1 pathway inhibitors are lacking. Furthermore, our understanding of the diversity of the NSCLC tumor immune microenvironment remains limited. METHODS. We performed comprehensive flow cytometric immunoprofiling on both tumor and immune cells from 51 NSCLCs and integrated this analysis with clinical and histopathologic characteristics, next-generation sequencing, mRNA expression, and PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
Geok Choo Sim, Chengwen Liu, Ena Wang, Hui Liu, Caitlin Creasy, Zhimin Dai, Willem W Overwijk, Jason Roszik, Francesco M Marincola, Patrick Hwu, Elizabeth A Grimm, Laszlo G Radvanyi
Clinical responses to high-dose IL-2 therapy are limited due to selective expansion of CD4+CD25+oxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Tregs) especially ICOS+Tregs, rather than NK cells and effector T cells. These ICOS+Tregs are highly suppressive and constitutively express high levels of IL-2Ralpha (CD25) and CD39. Here, we characterized the effect of a mutant form of IL-2 (F42K), which preferentially binds to the lower affinity IL-2Rbetagamma with reduced binding to CD25, on Tregs, effector NK cells, and T-cell subsets...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Anna Malgorzata White, David C Wraith
The immune system evolved to respond to foreign invaders and prevent autoimmunity to self-antigens. Several types of regulatory T cells facilitate the latter process. These include a subset of Foxp3(-) CD4(+) T cells able to secrete IL-10 in an antigen-specific manner, type 1 regulatory (Tr1) T cells. Although their suppressive function has been confirmed both in vitro and in vivo, their phenotype remains poorly defined. It has been suggested that the surface markers LAG-3 and CD49b are biomarkers for murine and human Tr1 cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Miki Chiba, Koichi Yanaba, Mitsuha Hayashi, Yuki Yoshihara, Hidemi Nakagawa
T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain 3 (TIM-3) has been thought to play a crucial role in the negative regulation of immune responses. Here, we examined the levels of serum soluble TIM-3 (sTIM-3) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and evaluated the results with respect to the clinical features of the disease. Patients with diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc) had higher levels of sTIM-3 than those with limited cutaneous SSc and healthy individuals. Serum sTIM-3 levels were positively correlated with the severity of skin sclerosis in early phase dcSSc...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
Pinying Shen, Rongxi Yue, Jiahong Tang, Haige Si, Liqun Shen, Changsheng Guo, Lixin Zhang, Huaizhong Han, Haihan K Song, Pengfei Zhao, Ning Wang, Zongchang Song, Chunliang Guo
While infection with H. pylori is a strong risk factor for gastric cancer, most H. pylori-colonized individuals, even those with the high-risk CagA(+)VacA(+) strain, remain asymptomatic over their lifetime. We hypothesized that the discordant outcomes were due to differences in the host immune responses. Previously, Tim-3-mediated immune modulation was observed in H. pylori-challenged mice. In this study, we compared Tim-3-related responses in CagA(+)VacA(+) H. pylori-infected asymptomatic individuals and H...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Nan Hou, Yang Zou, Xianyu Piao, Shuai Liu, Lei Wang, Shanshan Li, Qijun Chen
Cell-mediated immune responses play important roles in immune protection against Plasmodium infection. However, impaired immunity, such as lymphocyte exhaustion, is a common phenomenon in malaria. T cell immunoglobulin- and mucin-domain-containing molecule-3 (Tim-3) is an important regulatory molecule in cell-mediated immunity and has been implicated in malaria. In this study, it was found that the expression of Tim-3 expression on key populations of lymphocytes was significantly increased in both Plasmodium falciparum-infected patients and Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbANKA)-infected C57BL/6 mice...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Soheil Tavakolpour, Seyed Moayed Alavian, Shahnaz Sali
BACKGROUND: Identification of effective treatments in hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a controversial topic. Although the currently approved drugs for HBV control the disease's progression and also limit associated outcomes, these drugs may not fully eradicate HBV infection. In addition to better managing patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection, the induction of seroclearance by these drugs has been a commonly discussed topic in recent years. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we focused on treating CHB infection via the manipulation of T cells' responses to identify possible approaches to cure CHB...
June 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
Isabel Gonçalves Silva, Laura Rüegg, Bernhard F Gibbs, Marco Bardelli, Alexander Fruehwirth, Luca Varani, Steffen M Berger, Elizaveta Fasler-Kan, Vadim V Sumbayev
The immune receptor Tim-3 is often highly expressed in human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells where it acts as a growth factor and inflammatory receptor. Recently, it has been demonstrated that Tim-3 forms an autocrine loop with its natural ligand galectin-9 in human AML cells. However, the pathophysiological functions of Tim-3 in human AML cells remain unclear. Here, we report for the first time that Tim-3 is required for galectin-9 secretion in human AML cells. However, this effect is cell-type specific and was found so far to be applicable only to myeloid (and not, for example, lymphoid) leukemia cells...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Elia Moreno-Cubero, Juan-Ramón Larrubia
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and chronic hepatitis C (CHC) are characterized by exhaustion of the specific CD8(+) T cell response. This process involves enhancement of negative co-stimulatory molecules, such as programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1), cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), 2B4, Tim-3, CD160 and LAG-3, which is linked to intrahepatic overexpression of some of the cognate ligands, such as PD-L1, on antigen presenting cells and thereby favouring a tolerogenic environment...
July 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Xie Jinhua, Wang Ji, Cheng Shouliang, Zheng Liangfeng, Ji Feiyue, Yang Lin, Zhang Yan, Ji Haoming
Inhibition of immune checkpoint proteins (checkpoints) has become a promising anti-esophageal cancer strategy. We here tested expressions of immune checkpoints in human esophageal cancers. Our results showed the expressions of many immune checkpoints, including CD28, CD27, CD137L, programmed death 1 (PD-1), T cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (TIM-3), T cell Ig and ITIM domain (TIGIT), CD160, cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4), CD200, CD137 and CD158, were dysregulated in peripheral T cells of esophageal cancer patients...
August 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Jean-Christophe Beltra, Sara Bourbonnais, Nathalie Bédard, Tania Charpentier, Moana Boulangé, Eva Michaud, Ines Boufaied, Julie Bruneau, Naglaa H Shoukry, Alain Lamarre, Hélène Decaluwe
Exhaustion of CD8(+) T cells severely impedes the adaptive immune response to chronic viral infections. Despite major advances in our understanding of the molecular regulation of exhaustion, the cytokines that directly control this process during chronicity remain unknown. We demonstrate a direct impact of IL-2 and IL-15, two common gamma-chain-dependent cytokines, on CD8(+) T-cell exhaustion. Common to both cytokine receptors, the IL-2 receptor β (IL2Rβ) chain is selectively maintained on CD8(+) T cells during chronic lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus and hepatitis C virus infections...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Quazim A Alayo, Joshua Ra, Nicholas M Provine, Rafael Larocca, Benjamin Lee, Dan H Barouch
T cells are an important component of immune responses, and their function is influenced by their expression of inhibitory receptors. Immunization with alternative serotype adenovirus (Ad) vectors induces highly functional T cell responses with lower programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) expression and increased boostability relative to Ad5 vectors. However, a detailed phenotypic characterization of other inhibitory receptors is lacking, and it is unknown whether Ad5-induced CD8 T cells eventually recover function with time...
September 22, 2016: Vaccine
Didem Ozkazanc, Digdem Yoyen-Ermis, Ece Tavukcuoglu, Yahya Buyukasik, Gunes Esendagli
To cope with immune responses, tumor cells implement elaborate strategies such as adaptive resistance and induction of T cell exhaustion. T cell exhaustion has been identified as a state of hyporesponsiveness that arises under continuous antigenic stimulus. Nevertheless, contribution of costimulatory molecules to T cell exhaustion in cancer remains to be better defined. This study explores the role of myeloid leukemia-derived costimulatory signals on CD4(+) helper T (Th) cell exhaustion which may limit anti-tumor immunity...
August 27, 2016: Immunology
Jinfeng Liu, Shiguang Huang, Xin-Zhuan Su, Jianping Song, Fangli Lu
Malaria-associated acute lung injury (ALI) is a frequent complication of severe malaria that is often caused by "excessive" immune responses. To better understand the mechanism of ALI in malaria infection, here we investigated the roles of galectin (Gal)-1, 3, 8, 9 and the receptors of Gal-9 (Tim-3, CD44, CD137, and PDI) in malaria-induced ALI. We injected alpha (α)-lactose into mice-infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbANKA) to block galectins and found significantly elevated total proteins in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, higher parasitemia and tissue parasite burden, and increased numbers of CD68(+) alveolar macrophages as well as apoptotic cells in the lungs after blockage...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hongliang Liu, Liqiang Zhi, Ning Duan, Pengxiao Su
T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin-domain-3-containing molecule 3 (TIM-3) plays a pivotal role in immune regulation and has been found in various tumors. However, the prevalence and distribution of Tim-3 in osteosarcoma (OS) is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and distribution of Tim-3 in OS. Tim-3 on peripheral T cells from 82 OS patients and 60 healthy controls were examined by flow cytometry. Plasma levels of IL-2, IFN-γ, and TNF-α were measured by ELSIA. Tim-3 on both CD4(+) T and CD8(+) T cells were significantly upregulated in OS patients compared with healthy controls, Tim-3(+) CD4(+) T, and Tim-3(+) CD8(+) T cells were both negatively associated with serum levels of IL-2 and IFN-γ and TNF-α...
August 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Bindongo P P Dembele, Haorile Chagan-Yasutan, Toshiro Niki, Yugo Ashino, Noppadon Tangpukdee, Egawa Shinichi, Srivicha Krudsood, Shigeyuki Kano, Toshio Hattori
BACKGROUND: Galectin-9 (Gal-9) is a β-galactoside-binding lectin that interacts with sugar moieties on glycoproteins and glycolipids of cells and pathogens. Gal-9 is known as an immune modulator that induces cell death via interaction with T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-3 (Tim3), a co-inhibitory receptor, and it inhibits production of several pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF, IL-6 and IL-1α) and enhances production of IL-10. To understand the immune pathology of malaria, the Gal-9 in plasma was measured...
2016: Malaria Journal
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