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Taigo Kato, Tatsuo Matsuda, Yuji Ikeda, Jae-Hyun Park, Matthias Leisegang, Sachiko Yoshimura, Tetsuro Hikichi, Makiko Harada, Makda Zewde, Sho Sato, Kosei Hasegawa, Kazuma Kiyotani, Yusuke Nakamura
Neoantigens are the main targets of tumor-specific T cells reactivated by immune checkpoint-blocking antibodies or when using tumor-infiltrating T cells for adoptive therapy. While cancers often accumulate hundreds of mutations and harbor several immunogenic neoantigens, the repertoire of mutation-specific T cells in patients might be restricted. To bypass suboptimal conditions, which impede the reactivation of existing T cells or the priming of neoantigen-specific T cells in a patient, we employ T cells of healthy donors with an overlapping HLA repertoire to target cancer neoantigens...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Luz I Valenzuela-García, Víctor M Ayala-García, Ana G Regalado-García, Peter Setlow, Mario Pedraza-Reyes
The absence of base excision repair (BER) proteins involved in processing ROS-promoted genetic insults activates a DNA damage scanning (DisA)-dependent checkpoint event in outgrowing Bacillus subtilis spores. Here, we report that genetic disabling of transcription-coupled repair (TCR) or nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathways severely affected outgrowth of ΔdisA spores, and much more so than the effects of these mutations on log phase growth. This defect delayed the first division of spore's nucleoid suggesting that unrepaired lesions affected transcription and/or replication during outgrowth...
March 13, 2018: MicrobiologyOpen
Shengdong Wang, Hengyuan Li, Chenyi Ye, Peng Lin, Binghao Li, Wei Zhang, Lingling Sun, Zhan Wang, Deting Xue, Wangsiyuan Teng, Xingzhi Zhou, Nong Lin, Zhaoming Ye
The long-term survival of osteosarcoma has remained unchanged in the last several decades. Immunotherapy is proved to be a promising therapeutic strategy against osteosarcoma, especially for those with metastasis. Our previous study explored the sensibilization of zoledronate (ZOL) in γδ T cell-mediated cytotoxicity against osteosarcoma, but we have not yet elucidated the specific mechanism. Besides, high concentration is required to achieve these effects, whereas plasma ZOL concentration declines rapidly in the circulation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Laura Aragoneses-Fenoll, Gloria Ojeda, María Montes-Casado, Yeny Acosta-Ampudia, Umberto Dianzani, Pilar Portolés, José M Rojo
Class IA phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) catalytic subunits p110α and p110δ are targets in cancer therapy expressed at high levels in T lymphocytes. The role of p110δ PI3K in normal or pathological immune responses is well established, yet the importance of p110α subunits in T cell-dependent immune responses is not clear. To address this problem, mice with p110α conditionally deleted in CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes (p110α-/- ΔT) were used. p110α-/- ΔT mice show normal development of T cell subsets, but slightly reduced numbers of CD4+ T cells in the spleen...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mikhail V Pogorelyy, Anastasia A Minervina, Dmitriy M Chudakov, Ilgar Z Mamedov, Yuri B Lebedev, Thierry Mora, Aleksandra M Walczak
Diverse repertoires of hypervariable immunoglobulin receptors (TCR and BCR) recognize antigens in the adaptive immune system. The development of immunoglobulin receptor repertoire sequencing methods makes it possible to perform repertoire-wide disease association studies of antigen receptor sequences. We developed a statistical framework for associating receptors to disease from only a small cohort of patients, with no need for a control cohort. Our method successfully identifies previously validated Cytomegalovirus and type 1 diabetes responsive TCR β sequences...
March 13, 2018: ELife
Kwok S Wun, Josephine F Reijneveld, Tan-Yun Cheng, Kristin Ladell, Adam P Uldrich, Jérôme Le Nours, Kelly L Miners, James E McLaren, Emma J Grant, Oscar L Haigh, Thomas S Watkins, Sara Suliman, Sarah Iwany, Judith Jimenez, Roger Calderon, Kattya L Tamara, Segundo R Leon, Megan B Murray, Jacob A Mayfield, John D Altman, Anthony W Purcell, John J Miles, Dale I Godfrey, Stephanie Gras, David A Price, Ildiko Van Rhijn, D Branch Moody, Jamie Rossjohn
The hallmark function of αβ T cell antigen receptors (TCRs) involves the highly specific co-recognition of a major histocompatibility complex molecule and its carried peptide. However, the molecular basis of the interactions of TCRs with the lipid antigen-presenting molecule CD1c is unknown. We identified frequent staining of human T cells with CD1c tetramers across numerous subjects. Whereas TCRs typically show high specificity for antigen, both tetramer binding and autoreactivity occurred with CD1c in complex with numerous, chemically diverse self lipids...
March 12, 2018: Nature Immunology
Kok Fei Chan, Benjamin S Gully, Stephanie Gras, Dennis X Beringer, Lars Kjer-Nielsen, Jonathan Cebon, James McCluskey, Weisan Chen, Jamie Rossjohn
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-I molecules generally bind short peptides (8-10 amino acids), although extended HLA-I restricted peptides (>10 amino acids) can be presented to T cells. However, the function of such extended HLA-I epitopes in tumour immunity, and how they would be recognised by T-cell receptors (TCR) remains unclear. Here we show that the structures of two distinct TCRs (TRAV4+ TRAJ21+ -TRBV28+ TRBJ2-3+ and TRAV4+ TRAJ8+ -TRBV9+ TRBJ2-1+ ), originating from a polyclonal T-cell repertoire, bind to HLA-B*07:02, presenting a 13-amino-acid-long tumour-associated peptide, NY-ESO-160-72 ...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Takanori Matsuki, Liang Zhao, Kanako Kuniyoshi, Hiroki Tanaka, Isao Ebina, Kenta J Yoshida, Hiroshi Nabeshima, Kiyoharu Fukushima, Hisashi Kanemaru, Fumihiro Yamane, Takahiro Kawasaki, Tomohisa Machida, Hisamichi Naito, Nobuyuki Takakura, Takashi Satoh, Shizuo Akira
Schlafen-8 (Slfn8) is a member of the Schlafen family of proteins, which harbor helicase domains and are induced by LPS and interferons. It has been reported that the Schlafen family are involved in various cellular functions, including proliferation, differentiation and regulation of virus replication. Slfn8 has been implicated in T-cell differentiation in the thymus. However, the roles of Slfn8 in the immune system remains unclear. In this study, we generated Slfn8 knockout mice (Slfn8-/-) and investigated the immunological role of Slfn8 using the T-cell-mediated autoimmune model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
March 8, 2018: International Immunology
Christian S Hinrichs
As oncogenes drive carcinogenesis and promote cancer cell survival, they are highly attractive therapeutic targets, and oncogene-targeting small molecules have achieved some clinical success. While many oncogenes are presently considered to be "druggable," tumors often acquire treatment resistance, and patients are rarely cured in response to oncogene-specific treatment. In this issue of the JCI, Veatch and colleagues describe a patient with metastatic acral melanoma who experienced a complete tumor response following infusion of tumor-infiltrating T cells that targeted multiple tumor antigens, including a BRAFV600E driver mutation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Alina Suzann Fichtner, Mohindar Murugesh Karunakaran, Lisa Starick, Richard W Truman, Thomas Herrmann
1-5% of human blood T cells are Vγ9Vδ2 T cells whose T cell receptor (TCR) contain a TRGV9/TRGJP rearrangement and a TRDV2 comprising Vδ2-chain. They respond to phosphoantigens (PAgs) like isopentenyl pyrophosphate or (E)-4-hydroxy-3-methyl-but-2-enyl-pyrophosphate (HMBPP) in a butyrophilin 3 (BTN3)-dependent manner and may contribute to the control of mycobacterial infections. These cells were thought to be restricted to primates, but we demonstrated by analysis of genomic databases that TRGV9, TRDV2 , and BTN3 genes coevolved and emerged together with placental mammals...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Marc-Werner Dobenecker, Joon Seok Park, Jonas Marcello, Michael T McCabe, Richard Gregory, Steven D Knight, Inmaculada Rioja, Anna K Bassil, Rabinder K Prinjha, Alexander Tarakhovsky
Differentiation and activation of T cells require the activity of numerous histone lysine methyltransferases (HMT) that control the transcriptional T cell output. One of the most potent regulators of T cell differentiation is the HMT Ezh2. Ezh2 is a key enzymatic component of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), which silences gene expression by histone H3 di/tri-methylation at lysine 27. Surprisingly, in many cell types, including T cells, Ezh2 is localized in both the nucleus and the cytosol. Here we show the presence of a nuclear-like PRC2 complex in T cell cytosol and demonstrate a role of cytosolic PRC2 in T cell antigen receptor (TCR)-mediated signaling...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Vida Sheikh, Pinar Kasapoglu, Alireza Zamani, Zahra Basiri, Ahmad Tahamoli-Roudsari, Mahdi Alahgholi-Hajibehzad
1 α, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (VitD3) has been suggested to have strong modulatory properties in the immune system. Researchers in the present study primarily aimed to understand the effect of VitD3 on human CD4+ T cell proliferation in antigen presenting cells (APCs) free condition in vitro. The effect of VitD3 on intracellular cytokine responses trend to Th1, Th2, Th17 and Th22 was evaluated using the flow cytometry. Moreover the effect of VitD3 on the expression of inhibitory markers such as PD1, PD-L1, and CTLA4 which are induced upon polyclonal T cell receptor (TCR) activation on CD4+ T cells, was assessed...
March 6, 2018: Human Immunology
Esteban Arrieta-Bolaños, Pietro Crivello, Maximilian Metzing, Thuja Meurer, Müberra Ahci, Julie Rytlewski, Marissa Vignali, Erik Yusko, Peter van Balen, Peter A Horn, J H Frederik Falkenburg, Katharina Fleischhauer
T cell alloreactivity is mediated by a self-human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-restricted T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire able to recognize both structurally similar and dissimilar allogeneic HLA molecules (i.e., differing by a single or several amino acids in their peptide-binding groove). We hypothesized that thymic selection on self-HLA molecules could have an indirect impact on the size and diversity of the alloreactive response. To test this possibility, we used TCR Vβ immunophenotyping and immunosequencing technology in a model of alloreactivity between self-HLA selected T cells and allogeneic HLA-DPB1 (DPB1) differing from self-DPB1*04:02 by a single (DPB1*02:01) or several (DPB1*09:01) amino acids in the peptide-binding groove...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Elina Virtanen, Hanna Seppälä, Ilkka Helanterä, Pia Laine, Irmeli Lautenschlager, Lars Paulin, Laura Mannonen, Petri Auvinen, Eeva Auvinen
BACKGROUND: BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) infection is a common asymptomatic viral infection in the general population. Severe complications are seen in immunocompromised individuals, such as polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PyVAN) in renal transplant recipients. Information on BKPyV microRNA expressions is scarce, although polyomavirus-encoded microRNAs have been shown to control viral replication and assist in immune evasion. Whereas the pathogenic role of rearrangements in JC polyomavirus has been well established, little is known about BKPyV rearrangements in PyVAN...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Achim A Jungbluth, Denise Frosina, Miriam Fayad, Melissa P Pulitzer, Ahmet Dogan, Klaus J Busam, Naoko Imai, Sacha Gnjatic
T lymphocytes can be distinguished based on the composition of the T-cell receptor (TCR) chain in α/β T cells and γ/δ T cells. Correspondingly, α/β lymphomas can be distinguished from γ/δ lymphomas. The latter are rare neoplasms, which are usually confined to particular organs and tissues and carry a dismal prognosis. Until recently, monoclonal antibody (mAb) clone g3.20 to the TCR γ-chain was the reagent of choice for the immunohistochemical detection of γ/δ T cells and lymphomas in standard formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues...
March 6, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
Kostas Patas, Anne Willing, Cüneyt Demiralay, Jan Broder Engler, Andreea Lupu, Caren Ramien, Tobias Schäfer, Christian Gach, Laura Stumm, Kenneth Chan, Marissa Vignali, Petra C Arck, Manuel A Friese, Ole Pless, Klaus Wiedemann, Agorastos Agorastos, Stefan M Gold
While a link between inflammation and the development of neuropsychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD) is supported by a growing body of evidence, little is known about the contribution of aberrant adaptive immunity in this context. Here, we conducted in-depth characterization of T cell phenotype and T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire in MDD. For this cross-sectional case-control study, we recruited antidepressant-free patients with MDD without any somatic or psychiatric comorbidities ( n  = 20), who were individually matched for sex, age, body mass index, and smoking status to a non-depressed control subject ( n  = 20)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Hisashi Yano, Shin Kaneko
Adoptive cell therapy using tumor-infiltrating T cells has shown durable responses in patients with melanoma, and immunotherapy using genetically engineered T cells (TCR-T or CAR-T) is rapidly emerging as a promising treatment, especially for hematological malignancies. However, the progress is limited because of the lack of readily available good-quality human T cells. Although the efficacy of adoptive cell therapy correlates with the quality of infusing T cells, most antigen-specific T cells in patients with cancer have been exhausted...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Shinichi Kageyama
Cancer immunotherapies using gene-engineered T cells comprise adoptive transfer of T-cell receptor (TCR) and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) gene-transduced T cells. Although CD19-targeting CAR-T cell therapy is the most progressed, wherein B-cell malignancy is treated efficiently, it also induces cytokine release syndrome and neurotoxicity, which frequently leads to serious adverse events. Of note, TCR-T cell therapy has been primarily used to target melanoma, resulting in 30%-50% of tumor responses. In clinical trials that target NY-ESO-1-expressing synovial sarcoma, a high efficacy of 50%-60% has been obtained...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Rong Chen, Lijie Zhang, Jianxun Qi, Nianzhi Zhang, Ling Zhang, Shugang Yao, Yanan Wu, Bo Jiang, Zhenbao Wang, Hongyu Yuan, Qiujin Zhang, Chun Xia
The emergence of adaptive immunity in jawed vertebrates depended on the appearance of variable immune receptors, BCRs and TCRs, which exhibit variable-J-constant (VJ -C)-type Ig superfamily folds. Hitherto, however, the structures of IgV-J-IgC-type molecules had never been characterized in invertebrates, leaving the origin of BCR/TCR-type molecules unknown. Using x-ray crystallography, the structure of a VJ -C2 molecule, named AmpIgVJ -C2, was determined in amphioxus ( Branchiostoma floridae ). The first domain shows typical V folding, including the hydrophobic core, CDR analogs, and eight conserved residues...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Renan Aguilar-Valenzuela, Jason Netland, Young-Jin Seo, Michael J Bevan, Arash Grakoui, Mehul S Suthar
The mouse model of West Nile virus, which is a leading cause of mosquito-borne encephalitis worldwide, has provided fundamental insights into the host and viral factors that regulate viral pathogenesis and infection outcome. In particular, CD8+ T cells are critical for controlling WNV replication and promoting protection against infection. Here, we present the characterization of a T cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mouse with specificity to the immunodominant epitope in the WNV NS4B protein (herein referred to as transgenic WNV-I mice)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
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