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Huaizhou Wang, Beiying Wu, Lei Li, Liang Hu, Jiafei Lin, Cen Jiang, Gang Cai, Qian Shen
Similar to programmed death-1 (PD-1), B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) is a co-inhibitory molecule of the CD28 family. PD-1 is involved in T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infection. However, the role of BTLA in virus-specific T cells is poorly defined. Here we investigated the expression and function of BTLA in T cells from patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The phenotype of peripheral and intrahepatic HBV-specific T cells from 43 patients with chronic HBV infection was assessed by flow cytometry...
October 6, 2016: Cellular Immunology
Nicola Logan, William G Dundon, Adama Diallo, Michael D Baron, M James Nyarobi, Sarah Cleaveland, Julius Keyyu, Robert Fyumagwa, Margaret J Hosie, Brian J Willett
The measurement of virus-specific neutralising antibodies represents the "gold-standard" for diagnostic serology. For animal morbilliviruses, such as peste des petits ruminants (PPRV) or rinderpest virus (RPV), live virus-based neutralisation tests require high-level biocontainment to prevent the accidental escape of the infectious agents. In this study, we describe the adaptation of a replication-defective vesicular stomatitis virus (VSVΔG) based pseudotyping system for the measurement of neutralising antibodies against animal morbilliviruses...
October 11, 2016: Vaccine
Tatiana Jofra, Roberta Di Fonte, Tarun Edgar Hutchinson, Farhad Dastmalchi, Giuseppe Galvani, Manuela Battaglia, Shahram Salek-Ardakani, Georgia Fousteri
PTPN22 (protein tyrosine phosphatase non receptor 22) encodes a tyrosine phosphatase that functions as a key regulator of immune homeostasis. In particular, PTPN22 inhibits T-cell receptor signaling and selectively promotes type I interferon responses in myeloid cells. To date, there is little information on the CD8 T-cell-intrinsic role of PTPN22 in response to a viral pathogen. We unexpectedly found that PTPN22-deficient virus-specific CD8 T cells failed to accumulate in wild-type hosts after lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infection...
October 11, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
Shengbin Li, Joy M Folkvord, Eva G Rakasz, Hadia M Abdelaal, Reece K Wagstaff, Katalin J Kovacs, Hyeon O Kim, Ryoko Sawahata, Samantha MaWhinney, David Masopust, Elizabeth Connick, Pamela J Skinner
: HIV- and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)-specific CD8(+) T cells are typically largely excluded from lymphoid B cell follicles where HIV- and SIV-producing cells are most highly concentrated, indicating that B cell follicles are somewhat of an immune privileged site. To gain insights into virus-specific follicular CD8(+) T cells, we determined the location and phenotype of follicular SIV-specific CD8(+) T cells in situ, the local relationship of these cells to Foxp3(+) cells, and effects of CD8 depletion on levels of follicular SIV-producing cells in chronically SIV infected rhesus macaques...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virology
Jiju Mani, Lei Wang, Angela G Hückelhoven, Anita Schmitt, Alma Gedvilaite, Nan Jin, Christian Kleist, Anthony D Ho, Michael Schmitt
Human JC and BK polyomaviruses (JCV/BKV) can establish a latent infection without any clinical symptoms in healthy individuals. In immunocompromised hosts infection or reactivation of JCV and BKV can cause lethal progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and hemorrhagic cystitis, respectively. Vaccination with JCV/BKV derived antigen epitope peptides or adoptive transfer of virus-specific T cells would constitute an elegant approach to clear virus-infected cells. Furthermore, donor leukocyte infusion (DLI) is another therapeutic approach which could be helpful for patients with JCV/BKV infections...
October 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Hidekazu Itamura, Takero Shindo, Isao Tawara, Yasushi Kubota, Ryusho Kariya, Seiji Okada, Krishna V Komanduri, Shinya Kimura
The efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies is limited by the difficulty in suppressing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) without compromising graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effects. We previously showed that RAS/MEK/ERK signaling depends on memory differentiation in human T cells, which confers susceptibility to selective inhibition of naive T cells. Actually, antineoplastic MEK inhibitors selectively suppress alloreactive T cells, sparing virus-specific T cells in vitro...
July 7, 2016: JCI Insight
Manuel Albanese, Takanobu Tagawa, Mickaël Bouvet, Liridona Maliqi, Dominik Lutter, Jonathan Hoser, Maximilian Hastreiter, Mitch Hayes, Bill Sugden, Larissa Martin, Andreas Moosmann, Wolfgang Hammerschmidt
Infection with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) affects most humans worldwide and persists life-long in the presence of robust virus-specific T-cell responses. In both immunocompromised and some immunocompetent people, EBV causes several cancers and lymphoproliferative diseases. EBV transforms B cells in vitro and encodes at least 44 microRNAs (miRNAs), most of which are expressed in EBV-transformed B cells, but their functions are largely unknown. Recently, we showed that EBV miRNAs inhibit CD4(+) T-cell responses to infected B cells by targeting IL-12, MHC class II, and lysosomal proteases...
October 3, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lauren P McLaughlin, Haili Lang, Elizabeth Williams, Kaylor E Wright, Allison Powell, Conrad R Cruz, Anamaris M Colberg-Poley, Cecilia Barese, Patrick J Hanley, Catherine M Bollard, Michael D Keller
BACKGROUND AIMS: Human parainfluenza virus-3 (HPIV) is a common cause of respiratory infection in immunocompromised patients and currently has no effective therapies. Virus-specific T-cell therapy has been successful for the treatment or prevention of viral infections in immunocompromised patients but requires determination of T-cell antigens on targeted viruses. METHODS: HPIV3-specific T cells were expanded from peripheral blood of healthy donors using a rapid generation protocol targeting four HPIV3 proteins...
September 27, 2016: Cytotherapy
E-Bin Gao, Youhua Huang, Degang Ning
Cyanophages, a group of viruses specifically infecting cyanobacteria, are genetically diverse and extensively abundant in water environments. As a result of selective pressure, cyanophages often acquire a range of metabolic genes from host genomes. The host-derived genes make a significant contribution to the ecological success of cyanophages. In this review, we summarize the host-derived metabolic genes, as well as their origin and roles in cyanophage evolution and important host metabolic pathways, such as the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis, the pentose phosphate pathway, nutrient acquisition and nucleotide biosynthesis...
2016: Genes
Danielle Leblanc, G Douglas Inglis, Valerie F Boras, Julie Brassard, Alain Houde
Southwestern Alberta is a region of Canada that has high rates of enteritis as well as high densities of livestock. The presence of enteric RNA viruses, specifically norovirus (NoV) GI, GII, GIII, GIV; sapovirus (SaV); rotavirus (RV); and astrovirus (AstV), was evaluated in stools from diarrheic (n = 2281) and non-diarrheic (n = 173) people over a 1-year period in 2008 and 2009. Diarrheic individuals lived in rural (46.6 %) and urban (53.4 %) settings and ranged in age from less than 1 month to 102 years, and the highest prevalence of infection in these individuals was in November...
September 29, 2016: Archives of Virology
Benjamin V Park, Zachary T Freeman, Ali Ghasemzadeh, Michael A Chattergoon, Alleluiah Rutebemberwa, Jordana Steigner, Matthew E Winter, Thanh V Huynh, Suzanne M Sebald, Se-Jin Lee, Fan Pan, Drew M Pardoll, Andrea L Cox
Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) is a co-inhibitory receptor that down-regulates the activity of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) in cancer and of virus-specific T cells in chronic infection. The molecular mechanisms driving high PD-1 expression on TIL have not been fully investigated. We demonstrate that transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) directly enhances antigen-induced PD-1 expression through Smad3-dependent, Smad2-independent transcriptional activation in T cells in vitro and in TIL in vivo. The PD-1hi subset seen in CD8+ TIL is absent in Smad3-deficient tumor-specific CD8+ TIL, resulting in enhanced cytokine production by TIL and in draining lymph nodes and of anti-tumor activity...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Maximilian Muenchhoff, Emily Adland, Owen Karimanzira, Carol Crowther, Matthew Pace, Anna Csala, Ellen Leitman, Angeline Moonsamy, Callum McGregor, Jacob Hurst, Andreas Groll, Masahiko Mori, Smruti Sinmyee, Christina Thobakgale, Gareth Tudor-Williams, Andrew J Prendergast, Henrik Kloverpris, Julia Roider, Alasdair Leslie, Delane Shingadia, Thea Brits, Samantha Daniels, John Frater, Christian B Willberg, Bruce D Walker, Thumbi Ndung'u, Pieter Jooste, Penny L Moore, Lynn Morris, Philip Goulder
Disease-free infection in HIV-infected adults is associated with human leukocyte antigen-mediated suppression of viremia, whereas in the sooty mangabey and other healthy natural hosts of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), viral replication continues unabated. To better understand factors preventing HIV disease, we investigated pediatric infection, where AIDS typically develops more rapidly than in adults. Among 170 nonprogressing antiretroviral therapy-naïve children aged >5 years maintaining normal-for-age CD4 T cell counts, immune activation levels were low despite high viremia (median, 26,000 copies/ml)...
September 28, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Harindranath Cholleti, Juliette Hayer, Ana Paula Abilio, Fernando Chanisso Mulandane, Jenny Verner-Carlsson, Kerstin I Falk, Jose M Fafetine, Mikael Berg, Anne-Lie Blomström
Mosquitoes carry a wide variety of viruses that can cause vector-borne infectious diseases and affect both human and veterinary public health. Although Mozambique can be considered a hot spot for emerging infectious diseases due to factors such as a rich vector population and a close vector/human/wildlife interface, the viral flora in mosquitoes have not previously been investigated. In this study, viral metagenomics was employed to analyze the viral communities in Culex and Mansonia mosquitoes in the Zambezia province of Mozambique...
2016: PloS One
Laura F Su, Daniel Del Alcazar, Erietta Stelekati, E John Wherry, Mark M Davis
The T-cell receptor (TCR) is required for maturation and function of regulatory T cells (Tregs), but the ligand specificities of Tregs outside the context of transgenic TCRs are largely unknown. Using peptide-MHC tetramers, we isolated rare specific Foxp3(+) cells directly ex vivo from adult peripheral blood and defined their frequency and phenotype. We find that a proportion of circulating Tregs recognize foreign antigens and the frequency of these cells are similar to that of self-reactive Tregs in the absence of cognate infection...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Rui Yang, April R Masters, Karen A Fortner, Devin P Champagne, Natalia Yanguas-Casás, Daniel J Silberger, Casey T Weaver, Laura Haynes, Mercedes Rincon
IL-6 is known to contribute to the differentiation of CD4(+) T cells into different subsets of effector T helper cells. Less is known about the potential of IL-6 in regulating CD8(+) T cell effector function. Here, we identify IL-6 as a master regulator of IL-21 in effector CD8(+) T cells. IL-6 promotes the differentiation of a subset of naive CD8(+) T cells that express IL-6R into a unique population of effector CD8(+) T cells characterized by the production of high levels of IL-21 and low levels of IFN-γ...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Pavel Lavitas, Mark Tesell, Tasmina Hydery, Bonnie C Greenwood, Mylissa Price, Kimberly Lenz, Paul Jeffrey
BACKGROUND: Breakthrough direct-acting antivirals set a new standard in the management of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with regard to cure rates and improved tolerability; however, the health care system is challenged by the cost of these medications. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of a comprehensive HCV medication management program on optimized regimen use, prior authorization (PA) modifications, and medication cost avoidance in a state Medicaid program. METHODS: This program consists of a 2-tiered prescriber outreach: (1) regimen outreach to promote optimized regimen selection and (2) refill outreach to support medication adherence...
October 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Constance Laroche-Lefebvre, Mitra Yousefi, Jean-François Daudelin, Tania Charpentier, Esther Tarrab, Roscoe Klinck, Alain Lamarre, Nathalie Labrecque, Simona Stäger, Pascale Duplay
Diverse signals received by CD8(+) T cells are integrated to achieve the required magnitude of cell expansion and the appropriate balance of effector/memory CD8(+) T cell generation. Notably, the strength and nature of TCR signaling influence the differentiation and functional capacity of effector and memory CD8(+) T cells. Dok-1 and Dok-2, the two members of the Dok family expressed in T cells, negatively regulate TCR signaling in vitro. However, the role of Dok proteins in modulating T cell function in vivo has not yet studied...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Clarice Perry, Brianne Banasik, Summer R Gorder, Jingya Xia, Sarah Auclair, Nigel Bourne, Gregg N Milligan
Genital infections with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) are a source of considerable morbidity and are a health concern for newborns exposed to virus during vaginal delivery. Additionally, HSV-2 infection diminishes the integrity of the vaginal epithelium resulting in increased susceptibility of individuals to infection with other sexually transmitted pathogens. Understanding immune protection against HSV-2 primary infection and immune modulation of virus shedding events following reactivation of the virus from latency is important for the development of effective prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
Thalia Velho Barreto de Araújo, Laura Cunha Rodrigues, Ricardo Arraes de Alencar Ximenes, Demócrito de Barros Miranda-Filho, Ulisses Ramos Montarroyos, Ana Paula Lopes de Melo, Sandra Valongueiro, Maria de Fátima Pessoa Militão de Albuquerque, Wayner Vieira Souza, Cynthia Braga, Sinval Pinto Brandão Filho, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Enrique Vazquez, Danielle Di Cavalcanti Souza Cruz, Cláudio Maierovitch Pessanha Henriques, Luciana Caroline Albuquerque Bezerra, Priscila Mayrelle da Silva Castanha, Rafael Dhalia, Ernesto Torres Azevedo Marques-Júnior, Celina Maria Turchi Martelli
BACKGROUND: The microcephaly epidemic, which started in Brazil in 2015, was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO in 2016. We report the preliminary results of a case-control study investigating the association between microcephaly and Zika virus infection during pregnancy. METHODS: We did this case-control study in eight public hospitals in Recife, Brazil. Cases were neonates with microcephaly. Two controls (neonates without microcephaly), matched by expected date of delivery and area of residence, were selected for each case...
September 15, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Peter F Wright, Ruth I Connor, Wendy F Wieland-Alter, Anne G Hoen, Austin W Boesch, Margaret E Ackerman, M Steven Oberste, Chris Gast, Elizabeth B Brickley, Edwin J Asturias, Ricardo Rüttimann, Ananda S Bandyopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Identification of mechanisms that limit poliovirus replication is crucial for informing decisions aimed at global polio eradication. Studies of mucosal immunity induced by oral poliovirus (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus (IPV) vaccines and mixed schedules thereof will determine the effectiveness of different vaccine strategies to block virus shedding. We used samples from a clinical trial of different vaccination schedules to measure intestinal immunity as judged by neutralisation of virus and virus-specific IgA in stools...
September 13, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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