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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
Ani Ioana Cotar, Elena Falcuta, Liviu Florian Prioteasa, Sorin Dinu, Cornelia Svetlana Ceianu, Shlomit Paz
Mosquitoes were collected in the Danube Delta during the active seasons of 2011-2013. For Culex spp. mosquitoes, the abundance was calculated. Culex pipiens (sensu lato), (s.l.) and Culex modestus pools were tested for the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) genome, and the maximum likelihood of the infection rate was established. Mean daily temperatures and precipitation were obtained for the closest meteorological station. A negative binominal model was used to evaluate linkages between the temperature/precipitation and mosquito population size...
October 5, 2016: EcoHealth
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
Guozhen Liu, Jing Luan, Qiang Li
Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a common B cell malignancy. Complete remission can be achieved in most patients by conventional treatment with rituximab and chemotherapy. However, a subset of remission individuals will develop a relapsed disease for obscure reasons. CD4(+)Foxp3(-)IL-10(+) cell (Tr1) is a novel cell subtype with the capacity to suppress pro-inflammatory responses, but has not been extensively studied in most tumors. In this study, we investigated the potential role of Tr1 cells in DLBCL...
October 5, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
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
Philipp Müller, Daniela S Thommen, Alfred Zippelius
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September 19, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Ana Villegas-Mendez, Colette A Inkson, Tovah N Shaw, Patrick Strangward, Kevin N Couper
CD4(+) T cells that produce IFN-γ are the source of host-protective IL-10 during primary infection with a number of different pathogens, including Plasmodium spp. The fate of these CD4(+)IFN-γ(+)IL-10(+) T cells following clearance of primary infection and their subsequent influence on the course of repeated infections is, however, presently unknown. In this study, utilizing IFN-γ-yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) and IL-10-GFP dual reporter mice, we show that primary malaria infection-induced CD4(+)YFP(+)GFP(+) T cells have limited memory potential, do not stably express IL-10, and are disproportionately lost from the Ag-experienced CD4(+) T cell memory population during the maintenance phase postinfection...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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
W X Xu, R J Chen, H D Kan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) on the blood pressure of urban residents in Shanghai, China. METHODS: A panel study was conducted from May 27(th) to June 5(th) 2014 in a cohort of 30 adults in an urban community. Participants were 50-80 years old, had lived in the community for at least 5 years, and had a good health status. Key exclusion criteria were current smoking, smoking during the last 3 years, passive smoking, alcohol consumption, and severe cardiopulmonary disease...
August 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
Tássia Soldi Tuan, Taís Siqueira Venâncio, Luiz Fernando Costa Nascimento
Background: There is evidence of the effects of air pollution on hospital admissions due to cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction. Objective: To estimate the association between exposure to air pollutants and hospital admissions due to myocardial infarction according to gender, between January 1st 2012 and December 31st 2013, in São Jose dos Campos-SP. Methods: An ecological time series study was carried out with daily data of admissions due to AMI, pollutants CO, O3, PM10, SO2, and NO2, according to gender...
September 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Daniel T Utzschneider, Mélanie Charmoy, Vijaykumar Chennupati, Laurène Pousse, Daniela Pais Ferreira, Sandra Calderon-Copete, Maxime Danilo, Francesca Alfei, Maike Hofmann, Dominik Wieland, Sylvain Pradervand, Robert Thimme, Dietmar Zehn, Werner Held
Chronic infections promote the terminal differentiation (or "exhaustion") of T cells and are thought to preclude the formation of memory T cells. In contrast, we discovered a small subpopulation of virus-specific CD8(+) T cells that sustained the T cell response during chronic infections. These cells were defined by, and depended on, the expression of the transcription factor Tcf1. Transcriptome analysis revealed that this population shared key characteristics of central memory cells but lacked an effector signature...
August 16, 2016: Immunity
Joanna S Kritikou, Carin I M Dahlberg, Marisa A P Baptista, Arnika K Wagner, Pinaki P Banerjee, Lavesh Amar Gwalani, Cecilia Poli, Sudeepta K Panda, Klas Kärre, Susan M Kaech, Fredrik Wermeling, John Andersson, Jordan S Orange, Hanna Brauner, Lisa S Westerberg
To kill target cells, natural killer (NK) cells organize signaling from activating and inhibitory receptors to form a lytic synapse. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) patients have loss-of-function mutations in the actin regulator WASp and suffer from immunodeficiency with increased risk to develop lymphoreticular malignancies. NK cells from WAS patients fail to form lytic synapses, however, the functional outcome in vivo remains unknown. Here, we show that WASp KO NK cells had decreased capacity to degranulate and produce IFNγ upon NKp46 stimulation and this was associated with reduced capacity to kill MHC class I-deficient hematopoietic grafts...
2016: Scientific Reports
Adrian M Seifert, Shan Zeng, Jennifer Q Zhang, Teresa S Kim, Noah A Cohen, Michael J Beckman, Benjamin D Medina, Joanna H Maltbaek, Jennifer K Loo, Megan H Crawley, Ferdinand Rossi, Peter Besmer, Cristina R Antonescu, Ronald P DeMatteo
PURPOSE: Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are effective in gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), but often are of transient benefit as resistance commonly develops. Immunotherapy, particularly blockade of the inhibitory receptor programmed death 1 (PD-1) or the ligand programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), has shown effectiveness in a variety of cancers. The functional effects of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade are unknown in GIST. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We analyzed tumor and matched blood samples from 85 patients with GIST and determined the expression of immune checkpoint molecules using flow cytometry...
July 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Ornella Franzese, Belinda Palermo, Cosmo Di Donna, Isabella Sperduti, Virginia Ferraresi, Helena Stabile, Angela Gismondi, Angela Santoni, Paola Nisticò
The identification of activation pathways linked to antitumor T-cell polyfunctionality in long surviving patients is of great relevance in the new era of immunotherapy. We have recently reported that dacarbazine (DTIC) injected one day before peptide-vaccination plus IFN-α improves the antitumor lytic activity and enlarges the repertoire of Melan-A-specific T-cell clones, as compared with vaccination alone, impacting the overall survival of melanoma patients. To identify the mechanisms responsible for this improvement of the immune response, we have analyzed the endogenous and treatment-induced antigen (Ag)-specific response in a panel of Melan-A-specific CD8(+) T-cell clones in terms of differentiation phenotype, inhibitory receptor profile, polyfunctionality and AKT activation...
May 2016: Oncoimmunology
Tomohiro Okagawa, Satoru Konnai, James R Deringer, Massaro W Ueti, Glen A Scoles, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi, Wendy C Brown
The CD4(+) T-cell response is central for the control of Anaplasma marginale infection in cattle. However, the infection induces a functional exhaustion of antigen-specific CD4(+) T cells in cattle immunized with A. marginale outer membrane proteins or purified outer membranes (OMs), which presumably facilitates the persistence of this rickettsia. In the present study, we hypothesize that T-cell exhaustion following infection is induced by the upregulation of immunoinhibitory receptors on T cells, such as programmed death 1 (PD-1) and lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3)...
October 2016: Infection and Immunity
Matthias Hoffmann, Nikos Pantazis, Genevieve E Martin, Stephen Hickling, Jacob Hurst, Jodi Meyerowitz, Christian B Willberg, Nicola Robinson, Helen Brown, Martin Fisher, Sabine Kinloch, Abdel Babiker, Jonathan Weber, Nneka Nwokolo, Julie Fox, Sarah Fidler, Rodney Phillips, John Frater
The rate at which HIV-1 infected individuals progress to AIDS is highly variable and impacted by T cell immunity. CD8 T cell inhibitory molecules are up-regulated in HIV-1 infection and associate with immune dysfunction. We evaluated participants (n = 122) recruited to the SPARTAC randomised clinical trial to determine whether CD8 T cell exhaustion markers PD-1, Lag-3 and Tim-3 were associated with immune activation and disease progression. Expression of PD-1, Tim-3, Lag-3 and CD38 on CD8 T cells from the closest pre-therapy time-point to seroconversion was measured by flow cytometry, and correlated with surrogate markers of HIV-1 disease (HIV-1 plasma viral load (pVL) and CD4 T cell count) and the trial endpoint (time to CD4 count <350 cells/μl or initiation of antiretroviral therapy)...
July 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Rémi Fromentin, Wendy Bakeman, Mariam B Lawani, Gabriela Khoury, Wendy Hartogensis, Sandrina DaFonseca, Marisela Killian, Lorrie Epling, Rebecca Hoh, Elizabeth Sinclair, Frederick M Hecht, Peter Bacchetti, Steven G Deeks, Sharon R Lewin, Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, Nicolas Chomont
HIV persists in a small pool of latently infected cells despite antiretroviral therapy (ART). Identifying cellular markers expressed at the surface of these cells may lead to novel therapeutic strategies to reduce the size of the HIV reservoir. We hypothesized that CD4+ T cells expressing immune checkpoint molecules would be enriched in HIV-infected cells in individuals receiving suppressive ART. Expression levels of 7 immune checkpoint molecules (PD-1, CTLA-4, LAG-3, TIGIT, TIM-3, CD160 and 2B4) as well as 4 markers of HIV persistence (integrated and total HIV DNA, 2-LTR circles and cell-associated unspliced HIV RNA) were measured in PBMCs from 48 virally suppressed individuals...
July 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Nina C Sabins, Benjamin C Harman, Linda R Barone, Shixue Shen, Sandra Santulli-Marotto
PD-1, TIM-3, and LAG-3 are molecules shown to have immune modulatory properties, and although initially classified as indicators of T cell hyporesponsiveness, it has become clear that they are also associated with the normal course of T cell activation. Functional studies have focused mainly on CD8(+) T cells during chronic inflammation due to interest in co-opting the cellular immune response to eliminate viral or cancerous threats; however, there remains a relative lack of data regarding the expression of these molecules on CD4(+) T cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Katherine A Waugh, Sonia M Leach, Brandon L Moore, Tullia C Bruno, Jonathan D Buhrman, Jill E Slansky
Mechanisms of self-tolerance often result in CD8(+) tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) with a hypofunctional phenotype incapable of tumor clearance. Using a transplantable colon carcinoma model, we found that CD8(+) T cells became tolerized in <24 h in an established tumor environment. To define the collective impact of pathways suppressing TIL function, we compared genome-wide mRNA expression of tumor-specific CD8(+) T cells from the tumor and periphery. Notably, gene expression induced during TIL hypofunction more closely resembled self-tolerance than viral exhaustion...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yayi He, Christopher J Rivard, Leslie Rozeboom, Hui Yu, Kim Ellison, Ashley Kowalewski, Caicun Zhou, Fred R Hirsch
Immunotherapy has recently become widely used in lung cancer. Many oncologists are focused on cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1). Immunotherapy targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoints has shown promising efficacy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but questions remain to be answered. Among them is whether the simultaneous inhibition of other checkpoints could improve outcomes. Lymphocyte-activation gene-3 (LAG-3) is another vital checkpoint that may have a synergistic interaction with PD-1/PD-L1...
September 2016: Cancer Science
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