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Eryn Blass, Malika Aid, Amanda J Martinot, Rafael A Larocca, Zi Han Kang, Alexander Badamchi-Zadeh, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, R Keith Reeves, Dan H Barouch
Natural killer (NK) cells respond rapidly as a first line of defense against infectious pathogens. In addition, NK cells may provide a "rheostat" function and have been shown to reduce the magnitude of antigen-specific T cell responses following infection to avoid immunopathology. However, it remains unknown whether NK cells similarly modulate vaccine-elicited T cell responses following viral challenge. We used the LCMV clone 13 infection model to address whether NK cells regulate T cell responses in adenovirus vector vaccinated mice following challenge...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
Lyndsay Avery, Jessica Filderman, Andrea L Szymczak-Workman, Lawrence P Kane
Tim-3 is highly expressed on a subset of T cells during T cell exhaustion in settings of chronic viral infection and tumors. Using lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) Clone 13, a model for chronic infection, we found that Tim-3 was neither necessary nor sufficient for the development of T cell exhaustion. Nonetheless, expression of Tim-3 was sufficient to drive resistance to PD-L1 blockade therapy during chronic infection. Strikingly, expression of Tim-3 promoted the development of short-lived effector T cells, at the expense of memory precursor development, after acute LCMV infection...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Masaharu Iwasaki, Petra Minder, Yíngyún Caì, Jens H Kuhn, John R Yates, Bruce E Torbett, Juan C de la Torre
Several mammalian arenaviruses (mammarenaviruses) cause hemorrhagic fevers in humans and pose serious public health concerns in their endemic regions. Additionally, mounting evidence indicates that the worldwide-distributed, prototypic mammarenavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), is a neglected human pathogen of clinical significance. Concerns about human-pathogenic mammarenaviruses are exacerbated by of the lack of licensed vaccines, and current anti-mammarenavirus therapy is limited to off-label use of ribavirin that is only partially effective...
February 20, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Martin Trapecar, Shahzada Khan, Benjamin L Cohn, Frank Wu, Shomyseh Sanjabi
Determining the magnitude of local immune response during mucosal exposure to viral pathogens is critical to understanding the mechanism of viral pathogenesis. We previously showed that vaginal inoculation of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) fails to induce a robust innate immune response in the lower female reproductive tract (FRT), allowing high titer viral replication and a delay in T-cell-mediated viral control. Despite this immunological delay, LCMV replication remained confined mainly to the FRT and the draining iliac lymph node...
February 19, 2018: Mucosal Immunology
Nikole L Warner, Jenny D Jokinen, Juliane I Beier, Kevin J Sokoloski, Igor S Lukashevich
Mammarenavirusesare single-stranded RNA viruses with a bisegmented ambisense genome. Ingestion has been shown as a natural route of transmission for both Lassa virus (LASV) and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). Due to the mechanism of transmission, epithelial tissues are among the first host cells to come in contact with the viruses, and as such they potentially play a role in spread of virus to naïve hosts. The role of the intestinal epithelia during arenavirus infection remains to be uncharacterized...
February 10, 2018: Viruses
Pedro O Miranda, Beatrice Cubitt, Nicholas T Jacob, Kim D Janda, Juan Carlos de la Torre
Several arenaviruses cause hemorrhagic fever (HF) disease in humans and represent important public health problems in their en-demic regions. In addition, evidence indicates that the worldwide-distributed prototypic arenavirus lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus is a neglected human pathogen of clinical significance. There are no licensed arenavirus vaccines and current anti-arenavirus therapy is limited to an off-label use of ribavirin that is only partially effective. Therefore, there is an unmet need for novel therapeu-tics to combat human pathogenic arenaviruses, a task that will be facilitated by the identification of compounds with anti-arenaviral activity that could serve as probes to identify arenavirus-host interactions suitable for targeting, as well as lead com-pounds to develop future anti-arenaviral drugs...
February 6, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
Yuejin Liang, Panpan Yi, Denley Ming Kee Yuan, Zuliang Jie, Zakari Kwota, Lynn Soong, Yingzi Cong, Jiaren Sun
Viral hepatitis is still a public health problem affecting several million people around the world. Neutrophils are polymorphonuclear cells that have a critical role in antibacterial infection. However, the role of neutrophils in viral infection is not fully understood. By using a mouse model of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infection-induced viral hepatitis, we observed increased neutrophil recruitment in the liver accompanied by enhanced CD8+ T-cell responses. Liver neutrophils expressed high levels of immunomodulatory cytokines, such as C-X-C chemokine ligand 2, arginase-1, inducible nitric oxide synthase and interleukin (IL)-10, demonstrating immunosuppressive properties...
February 5, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Christopher M Ziegler, Emily A Bruce, Jamie A Kelly, Benjamin R King, Jason W Botten
We report the development of recombinant New World (Junín; JUNV) and Old World (lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus; LCMV) mammarenaviruses that encode an HA-tagged matrix protein (Z). These viruses permit the robust affinity purification of Z from infected cells or virions, as well as the detection of Z by immunofluorescent microscopy. Importantly, the HA-tagged viruses grow with wild-type kinetics in a multi-cycle growth assay. Using these viruses, we report a novel description of JUNV Z localization in infected cells, as well as the first description of colocalization between LCMV Z and the GTPase Rab5c...
February 2018: Journal of General Virology
Yaxing Hao, Zhirong Li, Yifei Wang, Xiaobing Liu, Lilin Ye
B cell responses play a central role in humoral immunity, which protects an individual from invading pathogens by antigen-specific antibodies. Understanding the basic principles of the B cell responses during viral infection is of substantial importance for anti-viral vaccine development. In inbred mice, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection elicits robust and typical T cell-dependent B cell responses, including germinal center reaction, memory B cell formation, and a long-lived plasma cell pool in bone marrow...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sujal Ghosh, Marlene Carmo, Miguel Calero-Garcia, Ida Ricciardelli, Juan Carlos Bustamante Ogando, Michael P Blundell, Axel Schambach, Philip G Ashton-Rickardt, Claire Booth, Stephan Ehl, Kai Lehmberg, Adrian J Thrasher, H Bobby Gaspar
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the PRF1 gene account for up to 58% of familial haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (FHL) syndromes. The resulting defects in effector cell cytotoxicity lead to hypercytokinaemia and hyperactivation with inflammation in various organs. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether autologous gene corrected T cells can restore cytotoxic function, reduce disease activity and prevent haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) symptoms in in vivo models. METHODS: We developed a gammaretroviral vector to transduce murine CD8-T cells in the prf-/- mouse model...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Olga Klingberg, Ramzi Khattar, Kaveh Farrokhi, Dario Ferri, Nataliya Yavorska, Jianhua Zhang, Hassan Sadozai, Oyedele Adeyi, Andrzej Chruscinski, Gary A Levy, Nazia Selzner
Persistent viruses evade immune detection by interfering with virus-specific innate and adaptive antiviral immune responses. Fibrinogen-Like Protein-2 (FGL2) is a potent effector molecule of CD4+ CD25+ FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (Treg) and exerts its immunosuppressive activity following ligation to its cognate receptor, FcγRIIB/RIII. The role of FGL2 in the pathogenesis of chronic viral infection caused by Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus Clone-13 (LCMV cl-13) was assessed in this study. Chronically infected fgl2+/+ mice had increased plasma levels of FGL2, with reduced expression of the maturation markers, CD80, CD86 and MHC-II on macrophages and dendritic cells (DC) and impaired production of neutralizing antibody...
January 17, 2018: Immunology
Hiroshi Nakashima, Quazim A Alayo, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Gordon J Freeman, Vijay K Kuchroo, David A Reardon, Soledad Fernandez, Michael Caligiuri, E Antonio Chiocca
T cell exhaustion occurs during chronic infection and cancers. Programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) is a major inhibitory checkpoint receptor involved in T cell exhaustion. Blocking antibodies (Abs) against PD-1 or its ligand, PD-L1, have been shown to reverse T cell exhaustion during chronic infection and cancers, leading to improved control of persistent antigen. However, modeling tumor-specific T cell responses in mouse has been difficult due to the lack of reagents to detect and phenotype tumor-specific immune responses...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jacob V Gorman, John D Colgan
Tim-3 is a surface receptor expressed by Th1-type effector CD4 T cells, which are critical for defense against intracellular pathogens and have been implicated in autoimmune disease. Previous studies showed Tim-3 expression makes Th1 cells more susceptible to apoptosis and also marks functionally impaired T cells that arise due to chronic stimulation. However, other studies suggested Tim-3-expressing Th1 cells do not always have these properties. To further define the relationship between Tim-3 and Th1 cell function, we analyzed the characteristics of Th1 cells that expressed Tim-3 in response to brief stimulation in vitro or an acute viral infection in vivo...
January 9, 2018: Immunology
Xavier Dagenais-Lussier, Hamza Loucif, Armstrong Murira, Xavier Laulhé, Simona Stäger, Alain Lamarre, Julien van Grevenynghe
Type I interferons (IFN-I) are one of the primary immune defenses against viruses. Similar to all other molecular mechanisms that are central to eliciting protective immune responses, IFN-I expression is subject to homeostatic controls that regulate cytokine levels upon clearing the infection. However, in the case of established persistent viral infection, sustained elevation of IFN-I expression bears deleterious effects to the host and is today considered as the major driver of inflammation and immunosuppression...
December 30, 2017: Viruses
Seon-Ung Hwang, Kiyoung Eun, Junchul David Yoon, Hyunggee Kim, Sang-Hwan Hyun
Transgenic (TG) pigs are an important model for biomedical research, including disease modeling, pharmaceutical toxicity testing, and regenerative medicine. Here, we constructed 2 vector systems using the promoter of the pig glial fibrillary acidic protein (pGFAP) gene, which is an astrocyte cell marker. We established donor TG fibroblasts with pGFAP-CreERT2; LCMV-EGFPLoxP. We evaluated the effect of the transgenes on TG-SCNT embryo development. The cleavage rates were not significantly different among control and transgene-donor group...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
Kseniya Khamina, Alexander Lercher, Michael Caldera, Christopher Schliehe, Bojan Vilagos, Mehmet Sahin, Lindsay Kosack, Anannya Bhattacharya, Peter Májek, Alexey Stukalov, Roberto Sacco, Leo C James, Daniel D Pinschewer, Keiryn L Bennett, Jörg Menche, Andreas Bergthaler
RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRps) play a key role in the life cycle of RNA viruses and impact their immunobiology. The arenavirus lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) strain Clone 13 provides a benchmark model for studying chronic infection. A major genetic determinant for its ability to persist maps to a single amino acid exchange in the viral L protein, which exhibits RdRp activity, yet its functional consequences remain elusive. To unravel the L protein interactions with the host proteome, we engineered infectious L protein-tagged LCMV virions by reverse genetics...
December 2017: PLoS Pathogens
Steven Maltby, Alyssa J Lochrin, Bianca Bartlett, Hock L Tay, Jessica Weaver, Ingrid J Poulton, Maximilian W Plank, Helene F Rosenberg, Natalie A Sims, Paul S Foster
A link between inflammatory disease and bone loss is now recognized. However, limited data exist on the impact of virus infection on bone loss and regeneration. Bone loss results from an imbalance in remodeling, the physiological process whereby the skeleton undergoes continual cycles of formation and resorption. The specific molecular and cellular mechanisms linking virus-induced inflammation to bone loss remain unclear. In the current study, we provide evidence that infection of mice with either lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) or pneumonia virus of mice (PVM) resulted in rapid and substantial loss of osteoblasts from the bone surface...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ute Greczmiel, Nike Julia Kräutler, Alessandro Pedrioli, Ilka Bartsch, Paola Agnellini, Gregor Bedenikovic, James Harker, Kirsten Richter, Annette Oxenius
During chronic viral infections, both CD8 and CD4 T cell responses are functionally compromised. Alongside exhaustion of CD8 T cells during chronic viral infections, it has also been documented that the CD4 T cells have an increased propensity to differentiate toward CXCR5+ T follicular helper cell (TFH ) lineage. Whether these TFH cells contribute to the immune response to chronic viral infection has remained unclear. Using chronic lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection in conjunction with an in vivo system where TFH cells can be conditionally ablated, we have established that these TFH cells do in fact play an important protective function...
December 1, 2017: Science Immunology
Christopher M Ziegler, Philip Eisenhauer, Jamie A Kelly, Loan N Dang, Vedran Beganovic, Emily A Bruce, Benjamin R King, David J Shirley, Marion E Weir, Bryan A Ballif, Jason Botten
Arenaviruses are negative-strand, enveloped RNA viruses that cause significant human disease. In particular, Junín mammarenvirus (JUNV) is the etiologic agent of Argentine hemorrhagic fever. At present, little is known about the cellular proteins that the arenavirus matrix protein (Z) hijacks to accomplish its various functions, including driving the process of virus release. Further, there is a little knowledge regarding host proteins incorporated into arenavirus particles and their importance for virion function...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Virology
Haifeng C Xu, Jun Huang, Aleksandra A Pandyra, Elisabeth Lang, Yuan Zhuang, Christine Thöns, Jörg Timm, Dieter Häussinger, Marco Colonna, Harvey Cantor, Karl S Lang, Philipp A Lang
NK cells can reduce anti-viral T cell immunity during chronic viral infections, including infection with the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). However, regulating factors that maintain the equilibrium between productive T cell and NK cell immunity are poorly understood. Here, we show that a large viral load resulted in inhibition of NK cell activation, which correlated with increased expression of Qa-1b, a ligand for inhibitory NK cell receptors. Qa-1b was predominantly upregulated on B cells following LCMV infection, and this upregulation was dependent on type I interferons...
November 28, 2017: Cell Reports
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