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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127150/cutting-edge-c-maf-is-required-for-regulatory-t-cells-to-adopt-ror%C3%AE-t-and-follicular-phenotypes
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Joshua D Wheaton, Chen-Hao Yeh, Maria Ciofani
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) adopt specialized phenotypes defined by coexpression of lineage-defining transcription factors, such as RORγt, Bcl-6, or PPARγ, alongside Foxp3. These Treg subsets have unique tissue distributions and diverse roles in maintaining organismal homeostasis. However, despite extensive functional characterization, the factors driving Treg specialization are largely unknown. In this article, we show that c-Maf is a critical transcription factor regulating this process in mice, essential for generation of both RORγt(+) Tregs and T follicular regulatory cells, but not for adipose-resident Tregs...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080939/a-common-variant-of-maf-c-maf-transcriptional-factor-gene-in-the-kidney-is-associated-with-gout-susceptibility
#2
Toshihide Higashino, Hirotaka Matsuo, Yukinori Okada, Hiroshi Nakashima, Seiko Shimizu, Masayuki Sakiyama, Shin Tadokoro, Akiyoshi Nakayama, Makoto Kawaguchi, Mako Komatsu, Asahi Hishida, Masahiro Nakatochi, Hiroshi Ooyama, Junko Imaki, Nariyoshi Shinomiya
Gout is a multifactorial disease characterized by acute inflammatory arthritis, and it is caused as a consequence of hyperuricemia. A recent meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies has newly identified the relationship between serum uric acid (SUA) levels and rs889472, a single nucleotide polymorphism of musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene (MAF/c-MAF). However, it remained unclear whether rs889472 is associated with gout susceptibility. In the present study, we investigate the association between c-MAF rs889472 and gout in Japanese male population...
October 28, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944848/cmip-is-oncogenic-in-human-gastric-cancer-cells
#3
Jianlin Zhang, Jin Huang, Xingyu Wang, Weidong Chen, Qinqing Tang, Maoyong Fang, Yeben Qian
Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers and the second leading cause of cancer‑associated mortality worldwide. Recurrence, metastasis and resistance to drug treatment are the main barrier to survival of patients with advanced stage gastric cancer. Further study of the molecular mechanisms involved will improve the therapeutic options for gastric cancer. In a previous study, c‑Maf was discovered as an oncogene transduced in the avian AS42 retrovirus, and was found to be overexpressed in multiple myeloma and angioimmunoblastic T‑cell lymphoma...
November 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933784/inhibition-of-the-deubiquitinase-usp5-leads-to-c-maf-protein-degradation-and-myeloma-cell-apoptosis
#4
Siyu Wang, Jiaxiang Juan, Zubin Zhang, Yanyun Du, Yujia Xu, Jiefei Tong, Biyin Cao, Michael F Moran, Yuanying Zeng, Xinliang Mao
The deubiquitinase USP5 stabilizes c-Maf, a key transcription factor in multiple myeloma (MM), but the mechanisms and significance are unclear. In the present study, USP5 was found to interact with c-Maf and prevented it from degradation by decreasing its polyubiquitination level. Specifically, the 308th and 347th lysine residues in c-Maf were critical for USP5-mediated deubiquitination and stability. There are five key domains in the USP5 protein and subsequent studies revealed that the cryptic ZnF domain and the C-box domain interacted with c-Maf but the UBA1/UBA2 domain partly increased its stability...
September 21, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900244/il-4-enhances-il-10-production-in-th1-cells-implications-for-th1-and-th2-regulation
#5
Ruth E Mitchell, Masriana Hassan, Bronwen R Burton, Graham Britton, Elaine V Hill, Johan Verhagen, David C Wraith
IL-10 is an immunomodulatory cytokine with a critical role in limiting inflammation in immune-mediated pathologies. The mechanisms leading to IL-10 expression by CD4(+) T cells are being elucidated, with several cytokines implicated. We explored the effect of IL-4 on the natural phenomenon of IL-10 production by a chronically stimulated antigen-specific population of differentiated Th1 cells. In vitro, IL-4 blockade inhibited while addition of exogenous IL-4 to Th1 cultures enhanced IL-10 production. In the in vivo setting of peptide immunotherapy leading to a chronically stimulated Th1 phenotype, lack of IL-4Rα inhibited the induction of IL-10...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867048/signaling-and-gene-regulatory-networks-in-mammalian-lens-development
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REVIEW
Ales Cvekl, Xin Zhang
Ocular lens development represents an advantageous system in which to study regulatory mechanisms governing cell fate decisions, extracellular signaling, cell and tissue organization, and the underlying gene regulatory networks. Spatiotemporally regulated domains of BMP, FGF, and other signaling molecules in late gastrula-early neurula stage embryos generate the border region between the neural plate and non-neural ectoderm from which multiple cell types, including lens progenitor cells, emerge and undergo initial tissue formation...
October 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791377/c%C3%A2-maf-inducing-protein-inhibits-cofilin%C3%A2-1-activity-and-alters-podocyte-cytoskeleton-organization
#7
Lixia Yu, Jianming Ye, Qifeng Liu, Jianhua Feng, Xiaoxia Gu, Qiang Sun, Guoyuan Lu
The glomerular visceral epithelial cells, also termed podocytes, are key in maintaining the normal renal filtration barrier. Although it has been demonstrated that stimulation of c‑Maf inducing protein (CMIP) expression is involved in podocyte damage, the molecular events during this process remain unclear. In the current study, CMIP‑induced proximal signaling was investigated by focusing on its effect on cofilin‑1 activity in puromycin aminonucleoside (PA)‑damaged podocytes. An obvious elevation of CMIP expression and phosphorylated (p) cofilin‑1 levels was detected in cultured podocytes treated with PA and in glomeruli isolated from PA‑induced nephropathy rats...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765611/the-differentiation-of-ror-%C3%AE-t-expressing-inkt17-cells-is-orchestrated-by-runx1
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Puspa Thapa, Bryce Manso, Ji Young Chung, Sinibaldo Romera Arocha, Hai-Hui Xue, Derek B Sant' Angelo, Virginia Smith Shapiro
iNKT cells are a unique lineage of T cells that recognize glycolipid presented by CD1d. In the thymus, they differentiate into iNKT1, iNKT2 and iNKT17 effector subsets, characterized by preferential expression of Tbet, Gata3 and ROR-γt and production of IFN-γ, IL-4 and IL-17, respectively. We demonstrate that the transcriptional regulator Runx1 is essential for the generation of ROR-γt expressing iNKT17 cells. PLZF-cre Runx1 cKO mice lack iNKT17 cells in the thymus, spleen and liver. Runx1-deficient iNKT cells have altered expression of several genes important for iNKT17 differentiation, including decreased expression of IL-7Rα, BATF and c-Maf and increased expression of Bcl11b and Lef1...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673317/the-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-ube2o-modulates-c-maf-stability-and-induces-myeloma-cell-apoptosis
#9
Yujia Xu, Zubin Zhang, Jie Li, Jiefei Tong, Biyin Cao, Paul Taylor, Xiaowen Tang, Depei Wu, Michael F Moran, Yuanying Zeng, Xinliang Mao
BACKGROUND: UBE2O is proposed as a ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme, but its function was largely unknown. METHODS: Mass spectrometry was applied to identify c-Maf ubiquitination-associated proteins. Immunoprecipitation was applied for c-Maf and UBE2O interaction. Immunoblotting was used for Maf protein stability. Luciferase assay was used for c-Maf transcriptional activity. Lentiviral infections were applied for UBE2O function in multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Flow cytometry and nude mice xenografts were applied for MM cell apoptosis and tumor growth assay, respectively...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620653/successive-annual-influenza-vaccination-induces-a-recurrent-oligoclonotypic-memory-response-in-circulating-t-follicular-helper-cells
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Ramin Sedaghat Herati, Alexander Muselman, Laura Vella, Bertram Bengsch, Kaela Parkhouse, Daniel Del Alcazar, Jonathan Kotzin, Susan A Doyle, Pablo Tebas, Scott E Hensley, Laura F Su, Kenneth E Schmader, E John Wherry
T follicular helper (Tfh) CD4 cells are crucial providers of B cell help during adaptive immune responses. A circulating population of CD4 T cells, termed cTfh, have similarity to lymphoid Tfh, can provide B cell help, and responded to influenza vaccination. However, it is unclear whether human vaccination-induced cTfh respond in an antigen-specific manner and whether they form long-lasting memory. Here, we identified a cTfh population that expressed multiple T cell activation markers and could be readily identified by coexpression of ICOS and CD38...
February 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604806/prostaglandin-e2-inhibits-tr1-cell-differentiation-through-suppression-of-c-maf
#11
Kirsten Mary Hooper, Weimin Kong, Doina Ganea
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a major lipid mediator abundant at inflammatory sites, acts as a proinflammatory agent in models of inflammatory/autoimmune diseases by promoting CD4 Th1/Th17 differentiation. Regulatory T cells, including the IL-10 producing Tr1 cells counterbalance the proinflammatory activity of effector Th1/Th17 cells. Tr1 cell differentiation and function are induced by IL-27, and depend primarily on sustained expression of c-Maf in addition to AhR and Blimp-1. In agreement with the in vivo proinflammatory role of PGE2, here we report for the first time that PGE2 inhibits IL-27-induced differentiation and IL-10 production of murine CD4+CD49b+LAG-3+Foxp3- Tr1 cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560070/clinical-implications-of-c-maf-expression-in-plasma-cells-from-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
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GuoQing Wei, LiJun Wang, HanJin Yang, XiaoYan Han, GaoFeng Zheng, WeiYan Zheng, Jie Sun, JiMin Shi, WenJun Wu, Yi Zhao, DongHua He, Bo Wang, Zhen Cai, JingSong He
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma (MM) is a type of hematological malignancy with significant heterogeneity in clinical features and prognosis. Cytogenetic abnormalities are the major factors affecting patient outcomes. Studies have shown that immunohistochemistry (IHC)-based detection of cancer-related genes expression could be alternative indicators for the prognosis of MM. METHODS: Nuclear expression of c-maf protein in the bone marrow plasma cells of 128 multiple myeloma patients were examined by IHC, and its association with the clinicopathological features of MM patients was analyzed as well...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496444/the-transcription-factor-c-maf-promotes-the-differentiation-of-follicular-helper-t-cells
#13
Fabienne Andris, Sébastien Denanglaire, Maelle Anciaux, Mélanie Hercor, Hind Hussein, Oberdan Leo
Follicular helper T cells (Tfh) have been identified as the primary cell subpopulation regulating B cell responses in germinal centers, thus supporting high-affinity antibody production. Among the transcription factors orchestrating Tfh cell differentiation and function, the role played by the proto-oncogene c-Maf remains poorly characterized. We report herein that selective loss of c-Maf expression in the T cell compartment results in defective development of Tfh cells in response to both antigen/adjuvant vaccinations and commensal intestinal bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402334/characterization-of-c-maf-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-induced-by-repeated-stimulation-of-antigen-presenting-b-cells
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Chien-Hui Chien, Hui-Chieh Yu, Szu-Ying Chen, Bor-Luen Chiang
The role of B cells in the development of CD4(+) regulatory T cells has been emphasized recently. Our previous studies have demonstrated that the antigen-presenting splenic B cells converted naïve CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells into CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(-) T cells without additional cytokines or chemicals with regulatory activity and that referred to as Treg-of-B cells. The present study further showed that Treg-of-B cells increased the IL-10-producing population, and the expression of c-Maf, inducible T-cell co-stimulator (ICOS) as well as cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA4) after repeated stimulation of B cells in a cell-cell contact-dependent manner...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364122/a-convenient-cas9-based-conditional-knockout-strategy-for-simultaneously-targeting-multiple-genes-in-mouse
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Jiang Chen, Yinan Du, Xueyan He, Xingxu Huang, Yun S Shi
The most powerful way to probe protein function is to characterize the consequence of its deletion. Compared to conventional gene knockout (KO), conditional knockout (cKO) provides an advanced gene targeting strategy with which gene deletion can be performed in a spatially and temporally restricted manner. However, for most species that are amphiploid, the widely used Cre-flox conditional KO (cKO) system would need targeting loci in both alleles to be loxP flanked, which in practice, requires time and labor consuming breeding...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300844/il-27-triggers-il-10-production-in-th17-cells-via-a-c-maf-ror%C3%AE-t-blimp-1-signal-to-promote-the-progression-of-endometriosis
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Kai-Kai Chang, Li-Bing Liu, Li-Ping Jin, Bing Zhang, Jie Mei, Hui Li, Chun-Yan Wei, Wen-Jie Zhou, Xiao-Yong Zhu, Jun Shao, Da-Jin Li, Ming-Qing Li
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent inflammatory disease. The anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 is also increased in endometriosis. IL-10 production by Th17 cells is critical for limiting autoimmunity and inflammatory responses. However, the mechanism of inducing IL-10-producing Th17 cells is still largely unknown. The present study investigated the differentiation mechanism and role of IL-10-producing Th17 cells in endometriosis. Here, we report that IL-10(+)Th17 cells are significantly increased in the peritoneal fluid of women with endometriosis, along with an elevation of IL-27, IL-6 and TGF-β...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263097/transcriptional-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-follicular-t-helper-cells-and-their-role-in-autoimmunity
#17
Hong Qiu, Haijing Wu, Vera Chan, Chak-Sing Lau, Qianjin Lu
T-follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a specialized subset of T cells that provide help to B cells and promote the formation of germinal centers (GCs). Tfh cells transmit important signals to B cells that drive class switch recombination, somatic hyper-mutation, the generation of high-affinity antibodies, immunological memory and their differentiation into plasma cells or memory B cells in the GCs. Tfh-cell differentiation is regulated by the coordinated functions of distinct cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-6, IL-21, IL-12, IL-23, IL-2, IL-7 and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), as well as transcription factors, including B-cell lymphoma 6 protein (Bcl-6), Signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT)1, STAT3, STAT4, B-cell activating transcription factor (Batf), interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4), v-maf avian musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homolog (C-Maf), T-cell-specific transcription factor 1 (TCF-1) and Achaete-scute homolog 2 (Acl2), which have been shown to form a complex transcriptional network...
March 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254729/correlation-study-on-chromogranin-a-genetic-polymorphism-and-prognosis-of-critically-ill-patients
#18
Jing-Lun Liu, Xiao-Ying Chen, Ni-Na Gu, Jin-Ye Zhang, Li-Ping Jiang, Dan Zhang, Guo-Sheng Ren
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to investigate the correlation between single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of chromogranin A (CHGA) and prognosis of critically ill patients. METHODS: We screened 357 critically ill patients consecutively admitted to our intensive care unit. The -89/-415/-462 SNP locus in the promoter region and the +9559/+9578/+9590/+9611 SNP locus in exon 7 coding of CHGA were genotyped by polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing technology. Subsequently, the correlation between genotype and prognosis of patients was analyzed...
June 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235765/soluble-il6r-expressed-by-myeloid-cells-reduces-tumor-specific-th1-differentiation-and-drives-tumor-progression
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Hirotake Tsukamoto, Koji Fujieda, Masatoshi Hirayama, Tokunori Ikeda, Akira Yuno, Keiko Matsumura, Daiki Fukuma, Kimi Araki, Hiroshi Mizuta, Hideki Nakayama, Satoru Senju, Yasuharu Nishimura
IL6 produced by tumor cells promotes their survival, conferring a poor prognosis in patients with cancer. IL6 also contributes to immunosuppression of CD4(+) T cell-mediated antitumor effects. In this study, we focused on the impact of IL6 trans-signaling mediated by soluble IL6 receptors (sIL6R) expressed in tumor-bearing hosts. Higher levels of sIL6R circulating in blood were observed in tumor-bearing mice, whereas the systemic increase of sIL6R was not prominent in tumor-bearing mice with myeloid cell-specific conditional deletion of IL6R even when tumor cells produced sIL6R...
May 1, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063735/nephrotic-syndrome-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-induction-of-c-mip-in-podocytes
#20
Yassine Bouatou, Thibaud Koessler, Julie Oniszczuk, Shao-Yu Zhang, Solange Moll, Vincent Audard, Sophie de Seigneux, Djillali Sahali
Paraneoplastic nephrotic syndrome is often a complication in patients with cancer, and various histologic lesions have been described in the kidney. We report the case of a 76-year-old woman who presented with a podocytopathy that was found to be associated with a small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC). One cycle of carboplatin-etoposide combination therapy led to resolution of nephrotic syndrome and remission of the lung carcinoma. C-Maf-inducing protein (C-Mip) was overexpressed in both podocytes and cancer cells, but was not found in control kidney and lung tissue samples...
March 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
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