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Qiong Liu, Wen Wen, Liang Tang, Chen-Jie Qin, Yan Lin, Hui-Lu Zhang, Han Wu, Charles Ashton, Hong-Ping Wu, Jin Ding, Wei Dong, Le-Xing Yu, Wen Yang, Dan-Dan Huang, Meng-Chao Wu, Hong-Yang Wang, He-Xin Yan
Despite their central function in tumor immunity, dendritic cells (DCs) can respond to inhibitory signals and become tolerogenic, curtailing T cell responses in vivo. Here, we provide the evidence for an inhibitory function of signal regulatory protein (SIRP) α in DC survival and activation. In tumors from human liver cancer patients, infiltrative DCs expressed elevated levels of SIRPα, which is correlated with the induction of immune tolerance within the tumors. Silencing of SIRPα resulted in a significant increase in the longevity of antigen-pulsed DCs in the draining lymph nodes...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Hirotsugu Nagase, Tomohira Takeoka, Shinya Urakawa, Akiko Morimoto-Okazawa, Atsunari Kawashima, Kota Iwahori, Shuji Takiguchi, Hiroyoshi Nishikawa, Eiichi Sato, Shimon Sakaguchi, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki, Hisashi Wada
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) have an immunosuppressive role in the tumor microenvironment. Since effector Tregs (eTregs), which have highly suppressive functions, are located in a subpopulation of Foxp3(+) CD4(+) Tregs, the TCR-inducible costimulatory receptor (ICOS) was applied as a marker of eTregs that infiltrated gastric cancer tissue and the induction pathway of ICOS(+) Foxp3(+) cells was analyzed by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. In tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), ICOS(+) Foxp3(+) CD4(+) T cells were abundantly observed in the late stages of gastric cancer...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Susmita K Singh, Anna-Maria Andersson, Rada Ellegård, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Alessandro Sette, Marie Larsson, Olle Stendahl, Robert Blomgran
HIV coinfection is the most prominent risk factor for progression of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection into active tuberculosis (TB) disease. The mechanisms behind the increased transition from latent to active TB in coinfected individuals have not been well elucidated at the cellular level. We hypothesized that HIV infection contributes to Mtb pathogenesis by interfering with the dendritic cell (DC)-mediated immune control. Mtb-antigen processing and presentation are key events in the immune response against TB...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
David Wojciechowski, Flavio Vincenti
Kidney transplantation immunosuppression relies on a calcineurin inhibitor backbone. Calcineurin inhibitors have reduced early-acute rejection rates but failed to improve long-term allograft survival. Their nephrotoxicity has shifted the focus of investigation to calcineurin inhibitor-free regimens. Costimulation blockade with belatacept, a second generation, higher avidity variant of CTLA4-Ig, has emerged as part of a calcineurin inhibitor-free regimen. Belatacept has demonstrated superior glomerular filtration rate compared with calcineurin inhibitors albeit with an increased risk of early and histologically severe rejection...
September 2016: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Joshua Augustine, Donald E Hricik
Although calcineurin inhibitor drugs have been the mostly used therapy in modern immunosuppression in kidney transplantation, their effect on kidney allograft dysfunction has been suboptimal as far as preservation of kidney function is concerned. Additionally, there are metabolic and other nonmetabolic effects including increased risk of malignancy that has necessitated the use of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors to reduce exposure to calcineurin inhibitors. Mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors, both sirolimus and everolimus, have been studied in several trials to facilitate preservation of kidney function with variable effects on kidney allograft function and immunogenicity...
September 2016: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Herman Waldmann, Duncan Howie, Stephen Cobbold
A major goal of immunosuppressive therapies is to harness immune tolerance mechanisms so as to minimize unwanted side effects associated with protracted immunosuppressive therapy. Antibody blockade of lymphocyte coreceptor and costimulatory pathways in mice has demonstrated the principle that both naive and primed immune systems can be reprogrammed toward immunological tolerance. Such tolerance can involve the amplification of activity of regulatory T cells, and is maintained through continuous recruitment of such cells through processes of infectious tolerance...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Hengling Cai, Shenghua Chen, Sha Xu, Yuanbin Sun, Qinqin Bai, Chunxue Lu, Yuyu Chen, Xizong Fu, Guilian Xu, Lili Chen
LIGHT, a costimulatory member of the immunoglobulin superfamily (Ig SF), can greatly impact T cell activation. The role of the LIGHT signaling pathway in chlamydial infection was evaluated in mice following respiratory tract infection with Chlamydia psittaci. Compared with wild type (WT) mice, LIGHT knockout (KO) mice showed significant reduction of body weight, much lower survival rate, higher bacterial burden, prolonged infection time courses and more severe pathological changes in lung tissue. The mRNA levels of IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-17 and IL-12 in the lung tissue of LIGHT KO mice were significantly lower than those in WT mice...
October 8, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Judith Fraussen, Nele Claes, Bart Van Wijmeersch, Jack van Horssen, Piet Stinissen, Raymond Hupperts, Veerle Somers
Antibody-independent B cell functions play an important role in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis. In this study, B cell antigen presentation and costimulation in MS were studied. Peripheral blood B cells of MS patients showed increased expression of costimulatory CD86 and CD80 molecules compared with healthy controls (HC). In MS cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), 12-fold and 2-fold increases in CD86(+) and CD80(+) B cells, respectively, were evidenced compared with peripheral blood. Further, B cells from MS patients induced proinflammatory T cells in response to myelin basic protein (MBP)...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Laura Barrachina, Ana Rosa Remacha, Antonio Romero, Francisco José Vázquez, Jorge Albareda, Marta Prades, Jaime Gosálvez, Rosa Roy, Pilar Zaragoza, Inmaculada Martín-Burriel, Clementina Rodellar
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have a great potential for treating equine musculoskeletal injuries. Although their mechanisms of action are not completely known, their immunomodulatory properties appear to be key in their functions. The expression of immunoregulatory molecules by MSCs is regulated by pro-inflammatory cytokines, so inflammatory priming of MSCs might improve their therapeutic potential. However, inflammatory environment could also increase MSC immunogenicity and decrease MSC viability and differentiation capacity...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Revital Levy, Ziv Rotfogel, Dalia Hillman, Andrey Popugailo, Gila Arad, Emmanuelle Supper, Farhat Osman, Raymond Kaempfer
Full T-cell activation requires interaction between the costimulatory receptors B7-2 and CD28. By binding CD28, bacterial superantigens elicit harmful inflammatory cytokine overexpression through an unknown mechanism. We show that, by engaging not only CD28 but also its coligand B7-2 directly, superantigens potently enhance the avidity between B7-2 and CD28, inducing thereby T-cell hyperactivation. Using the same 12-aa β-strand-hinge-α-helix domain, superantigens engage both B7-2 and CD28 at their homodimer interfaces, areas remote from where these coreceptors interact, implying that inflammatory signaling can be controlled through the receptor homodimer interfaces...
October 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Suelen Martins Perobelli, Ana Carolina Terra Mercadante, Rômulo Gonçalves Galvani, Triciana Gonçalves-Silva, Ana Paula Gregório Alves, Antonio Pereira-Neves, Marlene Benchimol, Alberto Nóbrega, Adriana Bonomo
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is the main complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and many efforts have been made to overcome this important limitation. We showed previously that G-CSF treatment generates low-density splenic granulocytes that inhibit experimental aGVHD. In this article, we show that aGVHD protection relies on incoming IL-10(+) neutrophils from G-CSF-treated donor spleen (G-Neutrophils). These G-Neutrophils have high phagocytic capacity, high peroxide production, low myeloperoxidase activity, and low cytoplasmic granule content, which accounts for their low density...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Patrick Haubruck, Andreas Kammerer, Sebastian Korff, Philipp Apitz, Kai Xiao, Axel Büchler, Bahram Biglari, Gerald Zimmermann, Volker Daniel, Gerhard Schmidmaier, Arash Moghaddam
The local application of bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) in combination with the transplantation of autologous bone graft improves the outcome in nonunion treatment; however, the specific reasons remain unclear. In this study, we sought to determine if the local application of BMP-7 contributes to improved bone regeneration in nonunion therapy by modulation of the angiogenic and inflammable cytokine expression patterns of the early inflammation response. Therefore, we utilized the analysis of serological cytokine expression patterns...
2016: Journal of Inflammation Research
Sara Tanaskovic, Patricia Price, Martyn A French, Sonia Fernandez
HIV patients beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) with advanced immunodeficiency often retain low CD4<sup>+</sup> T-cell counts despite virological control. We examined proliferative responses and upregulation of costimulatory molecules following anti-CD3 stimulation, in HIV patients with persistent CD4<sup>+</sup> T-cell deficiency on ART. Aviraemic HIV patients with nadir CD4<sup>+</sup> T-cell counts <100 cells/μl who had received ART for a median time of 7 (range 1-11) years were categorized into those achieving low (<350 cells/μL; n=13) or normal (>500 cells/μL; n=20) CD4<sup>+</sup> T-cell counts...
October 5, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Yuriko Itzel Sánchez-Zamora, Imelda Juarez-Avelar, Alicia Vazquez-Mendoza, Marcia Hiriart, Miriam Rodriguez-Sosa
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (Mif) is highly expressed in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). However, there is limited information about how Mif influences the activation of macrophages (Mφ) and dendritic cells (DC) in T1DM. To address this issue, we induced T1DM by administering multiple low doses of streptozotocin (STZ) to Mif-/- or wild-type (Wt) BALB/c mice. We found that Mif-/- mice treated with STZ (Mif-/-STZ) developed lower levels of hyperglycemia, inflammatory cytokines, and specific pancreatic islet antigen- (PIAg-) IgG and displayed reduced cellular infiltration into the pancreatic islets compared to Wt mice treated with STZ (WtSTZ)...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
Sachiko Tai, Jin-Yan Cheng, Hidee Ishii, Kasumi Shimono, Vincent Zangiacomi, Takatomo Satoh, Tetsuji Hosono, Emiko Suzuki, Ken Yamaguchi, Kouji Maruyama
Beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) is widely used for bone substitution in clinical practice. Particles of calcium phosphate ceramics including β-TCP act as an inflammation mediators, which is an unfavorable characteristic for a bone substituent or a prosthetic coating material. It is thought that the stimulatory effect of β-TCP on the immune system could be utilized as an immunomodulator. Here, in vitro effects of β-TCP on primary cultured murine dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages were investigated. β-TCP particles enhanced expression of costimulatory surface molecules, including CD86, CD80, and CD40 in DCs, CD86 in macrophages, and MHC class II and class I molecules in DCs...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Julien Leconte, Sahar Bagherzadeh Yazdchi, Vincent Panneton, Woong-Kyung Suh
The inducible costimulator (ICOS) is a T cell costimulatory receptor that plays crucial roles in T cell differentiation and function. So far, ICOS has been shown to activate three signaling components: phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), intracellular calcium mobilization, and TANK binding kinase 1 (TBK1). By generating a knock-in strain of mice in which the ICOS gene is modified such that the ICOS-mediated PI3K pathway is selectively abrogated while the capacity of ICOS to mobilize intracellular calcium remains intact, we have shown that ICOS-mediated PI3K activation is required for some but not all T cell responses...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Emre Balta, Julian Stopp, Laura Castelletti, Henning Kirchgessner, Yvonne Samstag, Guido H Wabnitz
Neutrophils or polymorphonuclear cells (PMN) eliminate bacteria via phagocytosis and/or NETosis. Apart from these conventional roles, PMN also have immune-regulatory functions. They can transdifferentiate and upregulate MHCII as well as ligands for costimulatory receptors which enables them to behave as antigen presenting cells (APC). The initial step for activating T-cells is the formation of an immune synapse between T-cells and antigen-presenting cells). However, the immune synapse that develops at the PMN/T-cell contact zone is as yet hardly investigated due to the non-availability of methods for analysis of large number of PMN interactions...
September 27, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Kae Won Cho, Brian F Zamarron, Lindsey A Muir, Kanakadurga Singer, Cara E Porsche, Jennifer B DelProposto, Lynn Geletka, Kevin A Meyer, Robert W O'Rourke, Carey N Lumeng
Dynamic changes of adipose tissue leukocytes, including adipose tissue macrophage (ATM) and adipose tissue dendritic cells (ATDCs), contribute to obesity-induced inflammation and metabolic disease. However, clear discrimination between ATDC and ATM in adipose tissue has limited progress in the field of immunometabolism. In this study, we use CD64 to distinguish ATM and ATDC, and investigated the temporal and functional changes in these myeloid populations during obesity. Flow cytometry and immunostaining demonstrated that the definition of ATM as F4/80(+)CD11b(+) cells overlaps with other leukocytes and that CD45(+)CD64(+) is specific for ATM...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Maria Sole Chimenti, Alberto Bergamini, Paola Triggianese, Maria Domenica Guarino, Gianfranco Gigliucci, Paola Conigliaro, Carlo Perricone, Roberto Perricone
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the presence of immunoglobulin-like transcript (ILT)4 and costimulatory proteins (CD40, CD80 and CD86), as well as tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α production in antigen-presenting cells (APCs) from patients with psoriatic arthritis, before and after treatment with the antitumour necrosis factor-α therapy, adalimumab. METHODS: Peripheral blood monocytes from patients with psoriatic arthritis and healthy controls were cultured with CD40 ligand (CD40L) to stimulate differentiation to APCs...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Claire Dossier, Agnès Jamin, Georges Deschênes
Steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome is marked by a massive proteinuria and loss of podocytes foot processes. The mechanism of the disease remains debated but recent publications suggest a primary role of EBV. EBV replication in the peripheral blood is found in 50% of patients during the first flare of the disease. The genetic locus of steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome was also identified as influencing antibodies directed against EBNA1. EBV is able to establish, latent benign infection in memory B cells that display phenotypes similar to antigen-selected memory B cells...
September 28, 2016: Pediatric Research
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