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Nina Jain, Jeffrey B Doyon, Jacob E Lazarus, Inga-Marie Schaefer, Melanie E Johncilla, Agoston T Agoston, Anuj K Dalal, Gustavo E Velásquez
Biologic agents are effective treatments for rheumatoid arthritis but are associated with important risks, including severe infections. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) α inhibitors are known to increase the risk of systemic fungal infections such as disseminated histoplasmosis. Abatacept is a biologic agent with a mechanism different from that of TNFα inhibitors: It suppresses cellular immunity by competing for the costimulatory signal on antigen-presenting cells. The risk of disseminated histoplasmosis for patients on abatacept is not known...
March 12, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Jie Wang, Lina Yang, Xiaohe Mao, Zaiye Li, Xiaoyu Lin, Canhua Jiang
It has been shown that the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients presented cytotoxic CD8 T cell response against Streptococcus salivarius (S. salivarius), of which the frequency was positively associated with recurrence-free survival in OSCC patients. To identify the conditions required for regulating S. salivarius-specific CD8 T cell-mediated cytotoxicity, we selectively depleted individual components of the PBMCs, and observed that the depletion of monocytes/macrophages, but not other immune cell subsets, significantly downregulated the S...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Mário R Martins, Rogério L D Santos, Kleber D N Jatahy, Marina C D Matta, Thales P Batista, José Iran C Júnior, Maria D F S Begnami, Leuridan C Torres
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: OX40, a membrane-bound molecule of the tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor superfamily, is a critical costimulatory receptor during the immune response, especially to T cells, but studies described their presence of OX-40 on neutrophils and monocytes, suggesting a potential role in the activation of immune response. Our aim was to characterize costimulatory receptors OX40 expression on circulating leukocytes in gastric cancer to identify novel targets for immunotherapy...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Ali Maisam Afzali, Thomas Müntefering, Heinz Wiendl, Sven G Meuth, Tobias Ruck
Histopathological analyses of muscle specimens from myositis patients indicate that skeletal muscle cells play an active role in the interaction with immune cells. Research over the last few decades has shown that skeletal muscle cells exhibit immunobiological properties that perfectly define them as non-professional antigen presenting cells. They are able to present antigens via major histocompatibility complex molecules, exhibit costimulatory molecules and secrete soluble molecules that actively shape the immune response in an either pro- or anti-inflammatory manner...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Juliana Ruiz Fernandes, Cibele Cristine Berto Marques da Silva, Aline Grandi da Silva, Regina Maria de Carvalho Pinto, Alberto José da Silva Duarte, Celso Ricardo Carvalho, Gil Benard
Exercise training has been shown to reduce symptoms and exacerbations in COPD patients; however, the exercise effect on patients' immune response is poorly known. We thus verified if an exercise program (EP) impacted on proliferative T cell response of COPD patients. Fourteen non-O2 dependent COPD patients on standard treatment were studied. EP consisted in 24 sessions of aerobic and muscular training. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were stimulated with the mitogen phytohemagglutinin and antigens from Haemophilus influenzae and cytomegalovirus, and the lymphocyte proliferative response (LPR) was assessed through the expression of Ki67 before and after the EP...
March 10, 2018: Lung
Kelly R Rhodes, Jordan J Green
Exciting developments in cancer nanomedicine include the engineering of nanocarriers to deliver drugs locally to tumors, increasing efficacy and reducing off-target toxicity associated with chemotherapies. Despite nanocarrier advances, metastatic cancer remains challenging to treat due to barriers that prevent nanoparticles from gaining access to remote, dispersed, and poorly vascularized metastatic tumors. Instead of relying on nanoparticles to directly destroy every tumor cell, immunotherapeutic approaches target immune cells to train them to recognize and destroy tumor cells, which, due to the amplification and specificity of an adaptive immune response, may be a more effective approach to treating metastatic cancer...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Rebeca Hid Cadena, Wayel H Abdulahad, G A P Hospers, T T Wind, Annemieke M H Boots, Peter Heeringa, Elisabeth Brouwer
Age-associated changes in the immune system including alterations in surface protein expression are thought to contribute to an increased susceptibility for autoimmune diseases. The balance between the expression of coinhibitory and costimulatory surface protein molecules, also known as immune checkpoint molecules, is crucial in fine-tuning the immune response and preventing autoimmunity. The activation of specific inhibitory signaling pathways allows cancer cells to evade recognition and destruction by the host immune system...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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
Takashi Kei Kishimoto, Roberto A Maldonado
Antigen-specific immune tolerance has been a long-standing goal for immunotherapy for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and allergies and for the prevention of allograft rejection and anti-drug antibodies directed against biologic therapies. Nanoparticles have emerged as powerful tools to initiate and modulate immune responses due to their inherent capacity to target antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and deliver coordinated signals that can elicit an antigen-specific immune response. A wide range of strategies have been described to create tolerogenic nanoparticles (tNPs) that fall into three broad categories...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Ashley V Menk, Nicole E Scharping, Dayana B Rivadeneira, Michael J Calderon, McLane J Watson, Deanna Dunstane, Simon C Watkins, Greg M Delgoffe
Despite remarkable responses to cancer immunotherapy in a subset of patients, many patients remain resistant to these therapies. The tumor microenvironment can impose metabolic restrictions on T cell function, creating a resistance mechanism to immunotherapy. We have previously shown tumor-infiltrating T cells succumb to progressive loss of metabolic sufficiency, characterized by repression of mitochondrial activity that cannot be rescued by PD-1 blockade. 4-1BB, a costimulatory molecule highly expressed on exhausted T cells, has been shown to influence metabolic function...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Gap Ryol Lee
T helper type 17 (Th17) cells and pTreg cells, which share a common precursor cell (the naïve CD4 T cell), require a common tumor growth factor (TGF)-β signal for initial differentiation. However, terminally differentiated cells fulfill opposite functions: Th17 cells cause autoimmunity and inflammation, whereas Treg cells inhibit these phenomena and maintain immune homeostasis. Thus, unraveling the mechanisms that affect the Th17/Treg cell balance is critical if we are to better understand autoimmunity and tolerance...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Zhi Cheng, Runhong Wei, Qiuling Ma, Lin Shi, Feng He, Zixiao Shi, Tao Jin, Ronglin Xie, Baofeng Wei, Jing Chen, Hongliang Fang, Xiaolu Han, Jennifer A Rohrs, Paul Bryson, Yarong Liu, Qi-Jing Li, Bo Zhu, Pin Wang
Several recent clinical trials have successfully incorporated a costimulatory domain derived from either CD28 or 4-1BB with the original CD3ζ T cell activating domain to form second-generation chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) that can increase the responsiveness and survival of CAR-engineered T (CAR-T) cells. However, a rigorous assessment of the individual benefits of these costimulatory components relative to the in vivo performance of infused T cells in patients is still lacking. Therefore, we have designed a study that allows us to investigate and compare the impact of different costimulatory signal domains on CAR-T cells in vivo...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Deniz Genç, Noushin Zibandeh, Ercan Nain, Muazzez Gökalp, Ahmet Oğuzhan Özen, Mehmet Kamil Göker, Tunç Akkoç
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease in which inflammatory responses have the polarization of CD4+ T cells to Th2 cells. Dental follicle mesenchymal stem cells (DFSCs) have strong anti-inflammatory properties comparable to other mesenchymal stem cells. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the immunomodulatory effects of DFSCs on CD4+ T helper cell responses of asthmatic patients and compared the results with those obtained with asthmatic subjects on immunotherapy and with healthy individuals...
March 2, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Yuk Pheel Park, Linchun Jin, Katie B Bennett, Dunrui Wang, Kristianna M Fredenburg, Jennifer E Tseng, Lung-Ji Chang, Jianping Huang, Edward K L Chan
OBJECTIVES: In accordance with the Precision Medicine Initiative, new treatment strategies for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are needed to yield better therapeutic outcomes. The purpose of this study was to establish and validate chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells targets in HNSCC. METHODS: Putative CAR-T antigens were identified in The Cancer Genome Atlas database. To validate antigen suitability, quantitative RT-PCR, flow cytometry, and immunofluorescent staining were performed...
March 2018: Oral Oncology
Gabriel Cara-Fuentes, Miguel A Lanaspa, Gabriela E Garcia, Mindy Banks, Eduardo H Garin, Richard J Johnson
Minimal Change Disease (MCD) is the most common type of nephrotic syndrome in children. The etiology has remained unknown, although it is commonly thought to be due to an unknown circulating factor that triggers podocyte dysfunction. To date, several changes in podocytes have been reported in MCD, of which one is the expression of CD80, also known as B7.1, which is a costimulatory molecule that is normally expressed on antigen -presenting cells. Some studies suggest that subjects with steroid-sensitive MCD may express CD80 in their podocytes during relapse and that this expression is associated with high urinary levels of CD80...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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
Sebastian Thieme, Alexander Holzbaur, Ralf Wiedemuth, Aline Binner, Katrin Navratiel, Konstantinos Anastassiadis, Sebastian Brenner, Cornelia Richter
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) constitute a very rare blood cell population and play a significant role in immune response and immune-mediated disorders. Investigations on primary pDCs are hindered not only due to their rarity but also because they represent a heterogeneous cell population which is difficult to culture ex vivo. We generated a conditionally immortalized pDC line (Dox-pDC) from mice with Doxycycline-inducible SV40 Large T Antigen with a comparable immune profile to primary pDCs. The Dox-pDC secrete pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines upon Toll-like receptor 9 stimulation and upregulate their MHCI, MHCII and costimulatory molecules...
2018: PloS One
Sakthivel Subramaniam, Christopher Overend, Danielle M Yugo, C Lynn Heffron, Shannon R Matzinger, Adam J Rogers, Debin Tian, Qian M Cao, Scott P Kenney, Xiang-Jin Meng
CD137 is a costimulatory molecule transiently expressed on activated T cells after mitogen or antigen stimulation that can be exploited for isolating antigen-specific T cells as reported in mouse models. By utilizing an antiporcine CD137 monoclonal antibody (mAb, clone 3B9) developed in our laboratory, we isolated virus-specific CD8β T cells from peripheral blood of pigs experimentally infected with different porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) strains. Similar to mouse, porcine CD8β T cells also express CD137 transiently upon Concavalin A stimulation while the unstimulated cells did not...
February 28, 2018: Viral Immunology
Alyssa K Kosmides, Kevin Necochea, John W Hickey, Jonathan P Schneck
T cell activation requires the coordination of a variety of signaling molecules including T cell receptor-specific signals and costimulatory signals. Altering the composition and distribution of costimulatory molecules during stimulation greatly affects T cell functionality for applications such as adoptive cell therapy (ACT), but the large diversity in these molecules complicates these studies. Here, we develop and validate a reductionist T cell activation platform that enables streamlined customization of stimulatory conditions...
February 28, 2018: Nano Letters
M Ilie, J Benzaquen, V Hofman, S Lassalle, N Yazbeck, S Leroy, S Heeke, C Bence, B Mograbi, N Glaichenhaus, C H Marquette, P Hofman
Immunotherapy aims to amplify the anticancer immune response through reactivation of the lymphocytic response raised against several tumor neo-antigens. To obtain an effective immune response, this therapeutic approach requires that a number of immunological checkpoints be passed, such as the activation of excitatory costimulatory signals or the avoidance of coinhibitory molecules. Among the immune checkpoints, the interaction of the membrane-bound ligand PD-1 and its receptor PD-L1 has received much attention because of remarkable efficacy in numerous clinical trials for various cancer types, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
February 21, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
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