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Xiang Song, Yan Zhang, Li Zhang, Wengang Song, Lixin Shi
Hypoxia-associated metabolic reprogramming modulates the biological functions of many immune and non-immune cells, and affects immune response types and intensities. Adenosine and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) are known immunosuppressors, and adenosine is a hypoxia-associated product. We investigated the impact of hypoxia on IDO production in dendritic cells (DCs). We found that hypoxia (1% O2 ) enhances IDO production in DCs, and this increase was dependent on the adenosine A3 receptor (A3R), but not A2aR or A2bR...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, Aixa E Soyano, Keith L Knutson, Saranya Chumsri, Yanyan Lou
Immune checkpoints consist of inhibitory and stimulatory pathways that maintain self-tolerance and assist with immune response. In cancer, immune checkpoint pathways are often activated to inhibit the nascent anti-tumor immune response. Immune checkpoint therapies act by blocking or stimulating these pathways and enhance the body's immunological activity against tumors. Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecule-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1(PD-L1) are the most widely studied and recognized inhibitory checkpoint pathways...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Filippo Cortesi, Gloria Delfanti, Andrea Grilli, Arianna Calcinotto, Francesca Gorini, Ferdinando Pucci, Roberta Lucianò, Matteo Grioni, Alessandra Recchia, Fabio Benigni, Alberto Briganti, Andrea Salonia, Michele De Palma, Silvio Bicciato, Claudio Doglioni, Matteo Bellone, Giulia Casorati, Paolo Dellabona
Heterotypic cellular and molecular interactions in the tumor microenvironment (TME) control cancer progression. Here, we show that CD1d-restricted invariant natural killer (iNKT) cells control prostate cancer (PCa) progression by sculpting the TME. In a mouse PCa model, iNKT cells restrained the pro-angiogenic and immunosuppressive capabilities of tumor-infiltrating immune cells by reducing pro-angiogenic TIE2+ , M2-like macrophages (TEMs), and sustaining pro-inflammatory M1-like macrophages. iNKT cells directly contacted macrophages in the PCa stroma, and iNKT cell transfer into tumor-bearing mice abated TEMs, delaying tumor progression...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Peter van Balen, Boris van der Zouwen, Alwine B Kruisselbrink, Matthijs Eefting, Karoly Szuhai, Ekaterina S Jordanova, J H F Falkenburg, Inge Jedema
Introduction: Conditioning regimens preceding allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) can cause tissue damage and acceleration of the development of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). T-cell-depleted alloSCT with postponed donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) may reduce GVHD, because tissue injury can be restored at the time of DLI. In this study, we investigated the presence of tissue injury and inflammation in skin during the period of hematologic recovery and immune reconstitution after alloSCT...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Katarina Stanko, Christina Iwert, Christine Appelt, Katrin Vogt, Julia Schumann, Franziska Janina Strunk, Stefanie Ahrlich, Stephan Schlickeiser, Chiara Romagnani, Karsten Jürchott, Christian Meisel, Gerald Willimsky, Anja A Kühl, Birgit Sawitzki
Recent findings demonstrated proinflammatory functions of interleukin (IL)-9-producing T helper type (Th) 9 cells in the pathogenesis of intestinal bowel diseases (IBDs). However, also antiinflammatory properties have been ascribed to Th9 cells, pointing to a functional heterogeneity. To dissect the specific expression pattern and, especially, diversity of murine antigen-specific Th9 cells, we applied single cell transcription profiling. Th9 cells displayed reduced expression of typical activation markers, such as Cd40 ligand and Cd96 , whereas expression of Cd25 and Cd83 was increased compared with other Th subsets...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
S Støy, V C Patel, J P Sturgeon, G K Manakkat Vijay, T Lisman, W Bernal, D L Shawcross
BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia and circulating dysfunctional immune cells are commonly observed in patients with cirrhosis. Platelets may form complexes with neutrophils, monocytes and T cells modulating their function. We recently reported increased frequencies of platelet-complexed neutrophils in cirrhosis with evidence of neutrophil activation upon contact with healthy platelets in vitro. Whether this occurs in vivo following platelet transfusion and contributes to systemic inflammation and endothelial activation is unknown...
March 12, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mario P Colombo, Elena Jachetti, Valeria Cancila, Alice Rigoni, Lucia Bongiovanni, Barbara Cappetti, Beatrice Belmonte, Claudia Enriquez, Patrizia Casalini, Paola Ostano, Barbara Frossi, Sabina Sangaletti, Claudia Chiodoni, Giovanna Chiorino, Carlo E Pucillo, Claudio Tripodo
Immunotherapy, including the use of checkpoint inhibitors, is a potent therapeutic approach for some cancers, but has limited success with prostate tumors, in which immune suppression is instigated by the tumor. The immunosuppressive capacity of mast cells, which promote adenocarcinoma development in the prostate, prompted our investigation on whether mast cells promote tolerance to SV40 Large-T antigen, the transforming oncogene in transgenic adenocarcinoma of the mouse prostate (TRAMP) mice. The incidence of adenocarcinoma was reduced in the offspring of a cross between TRAMP mice and mast cell-deficient KitWsh mice...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
Ilana C van Rensburg, Andre G Loxton
Regulatory B cells (Bregs) have been shown to be present during several disease states. The phenotype of the cells is not completely defined and the function of these cells differ between disease. The presence of FASL expressing (killer) B cells during latent and successfully treated TB disease have been shown but whether these cells are similar to regulatory B cells remain unclear. We assessed the receptor expression of FASL/IL5 (killer B cells), CD24/CD38 (regulatory B cells) on whole peripheral blood of participants with untreated active TB and healthy controls...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Susanne Roser-Page, Tatyana Vikulina, Kanglun Yu, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, M Neale Weitzmann
Objective: Immunosuppressive biologics are used in the management of RA and additional immunomodulators are under investigation including modulators of the CD40/CD40 ligand (CD40L) costimulation pathway. Tampering with immune function can have unanticipated skeletal consequences due to disruption of the immuno-skeletal interface, a nexus of shared cells and cytokine effectors serving discrete functions in both immune and skeletal systems. In this study, we examined the effect of MR1, a CD40L neutralizing antibody, on physiological bone remodelling in healthy mice...
March 7, 2018: Rheumatology
Pascal J H Kusters, Tom T P Seijkens, Linda Beckers, Dirk Lievens, Holger Winkels, Vivian de Waard, Adriaan Duijvestijn, Moritz Lindquist Liljeqvist, Joy Roy, Alan Daugherty, Andrew Newby, Norbert Gerdes, Esther Lutgens
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms underlying formation of arterial aneurysms remain incompletely understood. Because inflammation is a common feature during the progressive degeneration of the aortic wall, we studied the role of the costimulatory molecule CD40L, a major driver of inflammation, in aneurysm formation. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Transcriptomics data obtained from human abdominal aortic aneurysms and normal aortas revealed increased abundance of both CD40L and CD40 in media of thrombus-free and thrombus-covered human abdominal aortic aneurysms samples...
March 8, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Shinya Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Matsuo, Daisuke Nagakubo, Shintaro Higashiyama, Keiji Nishiwaki, Naoki Oiso, Akira Kawada, Osamu Yoshie, Takashi Nakayama
CCR4 is a major chemokine receptor expressed by Treg cells that downregulate immune responses. Here, we investigated the role of CCR4-mediated Treg cell recruitment in antigen-specific immune responses. CCR4-deficient mice immunized intramuscularly with ovalbumin (OVA) showed enhanced OVA-specific IgG responses. Furthermore, intramuscular administration of OVA induced the expression of MDC/CCL22, a ligand for CCR4, in macrophages of the muscle tissues, and enhanced the recruitment of CCR4+ Treg cells in wild-type mice, whereas this recruitment of Treg cells was severely impaired in CCR4-deficient mice...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Otavio Cabral-Marques, Tabata Takahashi França, Ashraf Al-Sbiei, Lena Friederike Schimke, Taj Ali Khan, Claudia Feriotti, Tania Alves da Costa, Osvaldo Reis Junior, Cristina Worm Weber, Janaíra Fernandes Ferreira, Fabiola Scancetti Tavares, Claudia Valente, Regina Sumiko Watanabe Di Gesu, Asif Iqbal, Gabriela Riemekasten, Gustavo Pessini Amarante-Mendes, José Alexandre Marzagão Barbuto, Beatriz Tavares Costa-Carvalho, Paulo Vitor Soeiro Pereira, Maria J Fernandez-Cabezudo, Vera Lucia Garcia Calich, Luigi D Notarangelo, Troy R Torgerson, Basel K Al-Ramadi, Hans D Ochs, Antonio Condino-Neto
BACKGROUND: Patients with X-linked Hyper-IgM syndrome (X-HIGM) due to CD40 ligand (CD40L) deficiency often present episodic, cyclic or chronic neutropenia, suggesting abnormal neutrophil development in the absence of CD40L-CD40 interaction. However, even when not neutropenic and despite immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy, CD40L-deficient patients are susceptible to life-threatening infections caused by opportunistic pathogens, suggesting impaired function of phagocytes and the need of novel therapeutic approaches...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Rui Zhang, Dan Han, Zhenyu Li, Chengwu Shen, Yahui Zhang, Jun Li, Genquan Yan, Shasha Li, Bo Hu, Jiangbing Li, Ping Liu
Increasing evidence shows that inflammation plays a vital role in the occurrence and development of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Suppression of excessive inflammation can ameliorate impaired cardiac function, which shows therapeutic potential for clinical treatment of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) diseases. In this study, we investigated whether Ginkgolide C (GC), a potent anti-inflammatory flavone, extenuated MI/R injury through inhibition of inflammation. In vivo , rats with the occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery were applied to mimic MI/R injury...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Lu Han, Lu Dai, Yuan-Fei Zhao, Hai-Yang Li, Ou Liu, Feng Lan, Wen-Jian Jiang, Hong-Jia Zhang
Acute aortic dissection is one of the most lethal cardiovascular disease. The major histopathological feature of AAD is medial degradation, especially breakdown of elastin and collagen. However, the underlying mechanism remains a mystery. Platelets expressed CD40 Ligand (CD40L) is recently recognised as a key effector of cardiovascular disease development through its pro-inflammatory effect. To clarify the role of CD40L in AAD, we examined level of CD40L in human blood serum samples and found that it is significantly higher in AAD patients compared with healthy subjects (26...
March 4, 2018: Aging
David P Funda, Jaroslav Goliáš, Tomáš Hudcovic, Hana Kozáková, Radek Špíšek, Lenka Palová-Jelínková
Tolerogenic DCs (tolDCs) are being researched as a promising intervention strategy also in autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes (T1D). T1D is a T-cell-mediated, organ-specific disease with several well-defined and rather specific autoantigens, i.e., proinsulin, insulin, glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65), that have been used in animal as well as human intervention trials in attempts to achieve a more efficient, specific immunotherapy. In this study, we have tested tolerogenic DCs for their effectiveness to prevent adoptive transfer of diabetes by diabetogenic splenocytes into non-obese diabetes (NOD)-severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD-SCID) recipients...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Zhengwei Zhu, Chao Yang, Leilei Wen, Lu Liu, Xianbo Zuo, Fusheng Zhou, Jinping Gao, Xiaodong Zheng, Yinjuan Shi, Caihong Zhu, Bo Liang, Xianyong Yin, Wenjun Wang, Hui Cheng, Songke Shen, Xianfa Tang, Huayang Tang, Liangdan Sun, Anping Zhang, Sen Yang, Yong Cui, Xuejun Zhang, Yujun Sheng
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to explore the effect of Bach2 on B cells in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), as well as the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Expression of Bach2, phosphorylated-Bach2 (p-Bach2), Akt, p-Akt and BCR-ABL (p210) in B cells isolated from SLE patients and the healthy persons were assessed by Western blot. Immunofluorescence staining was performed to assess the localization of Bach2 in B cells. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was employed to detect IgG produced by B cells...
February 28, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Paweł P Wołkow, Anna Gębska, Ryszard Korbut
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a crucial role in the development of adaptive immune response. Monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs) are generated in vitro to study DC biology and for use in immunotherapy. However, procedures to generate MDDCs vary and an impact this may have on their final phenotype is insufficiently studied. Monocytes isolated from healthy blood donors were cultured for 7 days with granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (50 ng/mL) and low (500 IU/mL, L-IL4) or high (1000 IU/mL, H-IL4) interleukin 4 (IL4), to obtain immature DCs and for the following 2 days with addition of soluble CD40 ligand (500 ng/mL) and prostaglandin E2 (1 μg/mL) to obtain mature DCs...
February 28, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Kyung-Ho Roh, Hannah W Song, Pallab Pradhan, Kevin Bai, Caitlin D Bohannon, Gordon Dale, Jardin Leleux, Joshy Jacob, Krishnendu Roy
B cells play a major role in the adaptive immune response by producing antigen-specific antibodies against pathogens and imparting immunological memory. Following infection or vaccination, antibody-secreting B cells and memory B cells are generated in specialized regions of lymph nodes and spleens, called germinal centers. Here, we report a fully synthetic ex-vivo system that recapitulates the generation of antigen-specific germinal-center (GC) like B cells using material-surface driven polyvalent signaling...
February 21, 2018: Biomaterials
Muthukumar Gunasekaran, Monal Sharma, Ramsey Hachem, Ross Bremner, Michael A Smith, Thalachallour Mohanakumar
Circulating exosomes containing donor HLA and lung-associated self-antigens (SAg) are thought to play an important role in allograft rejection after human lung transplantation. We characterized exosomes isolated from serum of 10 lung transplant recipients (LTxR) diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) and compared them with exosomes isolated from serum of 10 stable LTxR. Lung-associated SAg (K-α-1-tubulin [Kα1T] and collagen V [Col-V]), MHC class II molecules, costimulatory molecules CD40, CD80, and CD86, and transcription factors class II MHC trans -activator, NF-κB, hypoxia-inducible factor 1-α, IL-1R-associated kinase 1, MyD88, and 20S proteasome were detected in exosomes from BOS, but not stable LTxR...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Bijun Zeng, Anton Pj Middelberg, Adrian Gemiarto, Kelli MacDonald, Alan G Baxter, Meghna Talekar, Davide Moi, Kirsteen M Tullett, Irina Caminschi, Mireille H Lahoud, Roberta Mazzieri, Riccardo Dolcetti, Ranjeny Thomas
Non-antigen-specific stimulatory cancer immunotherapies are commonly complicated by off-target effects. Antigen-specific immunotherapy, combining viral tumor antigen or personalised neo-epitopes with immune targeting, offers a solution. However, the lack of flexible systems targeting tumor antigens to cross-presenting dendritic cells (DCs) limits clinical development. Although antigen-anti-CLEC-9A mAb conjugates target cross-presenting DCs, adjuvant must be co-delivered for cytotoxic T-cell (CTL) induction...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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