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Yamila Sol Rocca, María Paula Roberti, Estefanía Paula Juliá, María Betina Pampena, Luisina Bruno, Sergio Rivero, Eduardo Huertas, Fernando Sánchez Loria, Alejandro Pairola, Anne Caignard, José Mordoh, Estrella Mariel Levy
The clinical outcome of colorectal cancer (CRC) is associated with the immune response; thus, these tumors could be responsive to different immune therapy approaches. Natural killer (NK) cells are key antitumor primary effectors that can eliminate CRC cells without prior immunization. We previously determined that NK cells from the local tumor environment of CRC tumors display a profoundly altered phenotype compared with circulating NK cells from healthy donors (HD). In this study, we evaluated peripheral blood NK cells from untreated patients and their possible role in metastasis progression...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Markus Granzin, Ana Stojanovic, Matthias Miller, Richard Childs, Volker Huppert, Adelheid Cerwenka
Natural killer (NK) cells are promising antitumor effector cells, but the generation of sufficient NK cell numbers for adoptive immunotherapy remains challenging. Therefore, we developed a method for highly efficient ex vivo expansion of human NK cells. Ex vivo expansion of NK cells in medium containing IL-2 and irradiated clinical-grade feeder cells (EBV-LCL) induced a 22-fold NK cell expansion after one week that was significantly increased to 53-fold by IL-21. Repeated stimulation with irradiated EBV-LCL and IL-2 and addition of IL-21 at the initiation of the culture allowed sustained NK cell proliferation with 10(11)-fold NK cell expansion after 6 weeks...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Maulik Vyas, Ann-Charlott Schneider, Olga Shatnyeva, Katrin S Reiners, Samir Tawadros, Stephan Kloess, Ulrike Köhl, Michael Hallek, Hinrich P Hansen, Elke Pogge von Strandmann
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common form of leukemia that affects B lymphocytes in adults. Natural killer (NK) cells in CLL patients are intrinsically potent but display poor in situ effector functions. NKG2D is an activating receptor found on NK and CD8(+) T cells and plays a role in immunosurveillance of CLL. In this study, we developed mono- and dual-targeting triplebodies utilizing a natural ligand for human NKG2D receptor (ULBP2) to retarget NK cells against tumor cells. Triplebodies in both formats showed better ability to induce NK-cell-dependent killing of target cells compared to bispecific counterparts...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Hung C Tran, Zesheng Wan, Michael A Sheard, Jianping Sun, Jeremy R Jackson, Jemily Malvar, Yibing Xu, Larry Wang, Richard Sposto, Eugene S Kim, Shahab Asgharzadeh, Robert C Seeger
PURPOSE: Immunotherapy of high-risk neuroblastoma using the anti-GD2 antibody dinutuximab induces antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). Galunisertib, an inhibitor of TGFβR1, was examined for its ability to enhance the efficacy of dinutuximab in combination with human ex vivo activated NK (aNK) cells against neuroblastoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: TGFB1 and TGFBR1 mRNA expression was determined for 249 primary neuroblastoma tumors by microarray analysis...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Andrew R Osterburg, Rebecca L Nelson, Benyamin Z Yaniv, Rachel Foot, Walter R F Donica, Madison A Nashu, Huan Liu, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Joel Moss, Nishant Gupta, Francis X McCormack, Michael T Borchers
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare lung disease of women that leads to progressive cyst formation and accelerated loss of pulmonary function. Neoplastic smooth muscle cells from an unknown source metastasize to the lung and drive destructive remodeling. Given the role of NK cells in immune surveillance, we postulated that NK cell activating receptors and their cognate ligands are involved in LAM pathogenesis. We found that ligands for the NKG2D activating receptor UL-16 binding protein 2 (ULBP2) and ULBP3 are localized in cystic LAM lesions and pulmonary nodules...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Benedetta Pignoloni, Cinzia Fionda, Valentina Dell'Oste, Anna Luganini, Marco Cippitelli, Alessandra Zingoni, Santo Landolfo, Giorgio Gribaudo, Angela Santoni, Cristina Cerboni
Elimination of virus-infected cells by cytotoxic lymphocytes is triggered by activating receptors, among which NKG2D and DNAM-1/CD226 play an important role. Their ligands, that is, MHC class I-related chain (MIC) A/B and UL16-binding proteins (ULBP)1-6 (NKG2D ligand), Nectin-2/CD112, and poliovirus receptor (PVR)/CD155 (DNAM-1 ligand), are often induced on virus-infected cells, although some viruses, including human CMV (HCMV), can block their expression. In this study, we report that infection of different cell types with laboratory or low-passage HCMV strains upregulated MICA, ULBP3, and PVR, with NKG2D and DNAM-1 playing a role in NK cell-mediated lysis of infected cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Daria L Ivanova, Rida Fatima, Jason P Gigley
Conventional natural killer (cNK) cells, members of group 1 innate lymphoid cells, are a diverse cell subpopulation based on surface receptor expression, maturation, and functional potential. cNK cells are critical for early immunity to Toxoplasma gondii via IFNγ production. Acute cNK cell responses to infection with different strains of T. gondii have not yet been characterized in detail. Here, we comprehensively performed this analysis with Type I virulent RH, Type II avirulent ME49, and fully attenuated Type I cps1-1 strains...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Vincent Sam Yong Tchang, Michael Stiess, Kerstin Siegmund, Urs Karrer, Jean Pieters
Coronin 1, a member of the evolutionary conserved WD repeat protein family of coronin proteins is expressed in all leukocytes, but a role for coronin 1 in natural killer (NK) cell homeostasis and function remains unclear. Here, we have analyzed the number and functionality of NK cells in the presence and absence of coronin 1. In coronin 1-deficient mice, absolute NK cell numbers and phenotype were comparable to wild type mice in blood, spleen and liver. Following in vitro stimulation of the activating NK cell receptors NK1...
September 20, 2016: Immunobiology
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
Joseph G Pressey, Julia Adams, Lualhati Harkins, David Kelly, Zhiying You, Lawrence S Lamb
INTRODUCTION: CD3+ γδ+ T cells comprise 2% to 5% of circulating T cells with Vγ9Vδ2+ cells the dominant circulating subtype. Vγ9Vδ2+ cells recognize non-peptide phosphoantigens and stress-associated NKG2D ligands expressed on malignant cells. Strategies that incorporate the tumoricidal properties of γδ T cells represent a promising immunotherapeutic strategy for treatment of solid malignancies including neuroblastoma (NB). In this prospective, non-randomized Phase I trial, we assessed whether circulating Vγ9Vδ2+ cells could be safely expanded using intravenous ZOL (Zoledronate [Zometa]) and subcutaneous Interleukin-2 (IL-2) in patients with refractory NB...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sheila López-Cobo, Carmen Campos-Silva, Mar Valés-Gómez
Communication within the immune system depends on the release of factors that can travel and transmit information at points distant from the cell that produced them. In general, immune cells use two key strategies that can occur either at the plasma membrane or in intracellular compartments to produce such factors, vesicle release and proteolytic cleavage. Release of soluble factors in exosomes, a subset of vesicles that originate from intracellular compartments, depends generally on biochemical and lipid environment features...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Cheol-Hun Son, Hong-Rae Lee, Eun-Kyoung Koh, Dong-Yeok Shin, Jae-Ho Bae, Kwangmo Yang, You-Soo Park
Decitabine has been found to have anti-metabolic and anti-tumor activities in various tumor cells. Recently, the use of decitabine in combination with other conventional therapies reportedly resulted in improved anti-tumor activity against various tumors. Ionizing radiation (IR) is widely used as a cancer treatment. Decitabine and IR improve immunogenicity and susceptibility of tumor cells to immune cells by up-regulating the expression of various molecules such as major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I; natural-killer group 2, member D (NKG2D) ligands; and co-stimulatory molecules...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rosa Molfetta, Linda Quatrini, Beatrice Zitti, Cristina Capuano, Ricciarda Galandrini, Angela Santoni, Rossella Paolini
NKG2D is an activating receptor that can bind to a large number of stress-induced ligands that are expressed in the context of cancer or viral infection. This receptor is expressed on many cytotoxic lymphocytes, and plays a crucial role in antitumor and antiviral immune responses. However, exposure to NKG2D ligand-expressing target cells promotes receptor endocytosis, ultimately leading to lysosomal receptor degradation and impairment of NKG2D-mediated functions. Interestingly, before being degraded, internalized receptors can signal from the endosomal compartment, leading to the appropriate activation of cellular functional programs...
September 22, 2016: Trends in Immunology
Reza Ghasemi, Eric Lazear, Xiaoli Wang, Saeed Arefanian, Alexander Zheleznyak, Beatriz M Carreno, Ryuji Higashikubo, Andrew E Gelman, Daniel Kreisel, Daved H Fremont, Alexander Sasha Krupnick
Despite over 20 years of clinical use, IL-2 has not fulfilled expectations as a safe and effective form of tumour immunotherapy. Expression of the high affinity IL-2Rα chain on regulatory T cells mitigates the anti-tumour immune response and its expression on vascular endothelium is responsible for life threatening complications such as diffuse capillary leak and pulmonary oedema. Here we describe the development of a recombinant fusion protein comprised of a cowpox virus encoded NKG2D binding protein (OMCP) and a mutated form of IL-2 with poor affinity for IL-2Rα...
September 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Nayeli Goreti Nieto-Velázquez, Yessica Dorin Torres-Ramos, José Luis Muñoz-Sánchez, Lorena Espinosa-Godoy, Susana Gómez-Cortés, José Moreno, Mario Adán Moreno-Eutimio
Human natural killer (NK) cells are considered professional cytotoxic cells that are integrated into the effector branch of innate immunity during antiviral and antitumoral responses. The purpose of this study was to examine the peripheral distribution and expression of NK cell activation receptors from the fresh peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 30 breast cancer patients prior to any form of treatment (including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy), 10 benign breast pathology patients, and 24 control individuals...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Shirin Mahmoodi, Navid Nezafat, Abolfazl Barzegar, Monica Negahdaripour, Ali-Reza Nikanfar, Nosratollah Zarghami, Younes Ghasemi
Breast cancer (BC) remains as one of the important causes of cancer deaths among women globally. Therefore, finding an effective treatment for BC is really needed. Cancer immunotherapy, as an emerging field, has a notable role in BC therapy. Peptide vaccines possess an outstanding role among different strategies in cancer immunotherapy. In vaccine design for cancer, induction of cellular and humoral immune responses should be considered. In the current study, cytolytic T lymphocytes (CTL) epitopes were evoked from human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2), mucin 1 protein (MUC1), and heparanase antigenic proteins; and helper T lymphocytes (HTL) epitopes were determined from survivin protein by various immunoinformatics servers...
September 14, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Yun Luan, Junli Liu, Xiaoli Liu, Xia Xue, Feng Kong, Chao Sun, Jue Wang, Ling Liu, Hongying Jia
Tetramethypyrazine (TMP), one of the active compounds extracted from the traditional Chinese medicinal herb (Chuanxiong), has been verified as an anticancer compound against several types of cancer. However, understanding of the molecular mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. In the present study, the anticancer efficacy of TMP was investigated in human clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) cells. We showed that TMP significantly inhibited ccRCC cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, invasion and migration through the methods of MTT, flow cytometry, wound healing and transwell assays...
October 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Takahisa Kouwaki, Yoshimi Fukushima, Takuji Daito, Takahiro Sanada, Naoki Yamamoto, Edin J Mifsud, Chean Ring Leong, Kyoko Tsukiyama-Kohara, Michinori Kohara, Misako Matsumoto, Tsukasa Seya, Hiroyuki Oshiumi
UNLABELLED: The innate immune system is essential for controlling viral infection. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) persistently infects human hepatocytes and causes hepatocellular carcinoma. However, the innate immune response to HBV infection in vivo remains unclear. Using a tree shrew animal model, we showed that HBV infection induced hepatic interferon (IFN)-γ expression during early infection. Our in vitro study demonstrated that hepatic NK cells produced IFN-γ in response to HBV only in the presence of hepatic F4/80(+) cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Wolfgang Merkt, Maren Claus, Norbert Blank, Michael Hundemer, Adelheid Cerwenka, Hanns-Martin Lorenz, Carsten Watzl
BACKGROUND: The role of natural killer (NK) cells in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is poorly understood. We recently reported that peripheral blood NK cell percentages correlate with the suppression of GPA activity (cohort I). The purpose of the current study was to further characterize NK cell subsets, phenotype and function in a second GPA cohort (cohort II). METHODS: Peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets were analyzed at a clinical diagnostic laboratory...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Katarina M Mirjačić Martinović, Nada Lj Babović, Radan R Džodić, Vladimir B Jurišić, Aleksandra Z Ninković, Gordana M Konjević
Considering tumor-mediated suppression of natural killer (NK) cells, the aim of this study was to investigate the in-vitro effects of interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-12, as immunostimulatory cytokines, on the functional and receptor characteristics of NK cells and their subsets in healthy control (HC) and metastatic melanoma (MM) patients. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 27 HC and 35 MM patients were stimulated in vitro with IL-2, IL-12, and their combination for functional and phenotypic analysis. IL-2, IL-12, and primarily their combination, significantly induced NK cell activity, CD107a degranulation marker, and perforin expression in NK cells and their subsets in HC and MM patients...
September 10, 2016: Melanoma Research
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