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G Kamkamidze, M Butsashvili, K Gendzekhadze
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains one of the most important blood-borne diseases worldwide with about 130-170 million people chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, and more than 350 000 people die from hepatitis C-related liver diseases each year. Infection with HCV becomes chronic in approximately 80% of cases, while in up to 20% of cases hepatitis C virus is cleared from the human organism. Chronic infections of hepatitis C often leads to the end-stage liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma...
September 2016: Georgian Medical News
Marek Sierzega, Marzena Lenart, Magdalena Rutkowska, Marta Surman, Bozenna Mytar, Andrzej Matyja, Maciej Siedlar, Jan Kulig
BACKGROUND: Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), and lymphocyte-monocyte ratio (LMR) may serve as a simple index of the immune function. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of NLR, PLR, and LMR in patients with resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and to verify whether such biomarkers are associated with changes in populations of lymphoid cells. METHODS: The prognostic implications of blood count parameters were evaluated in a retrospective cohort of 442 subjects undergoing pancreatic resections for PDAC...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Margarida Ferreira-Teixeira, Daniela Paiva-Oliveira, Belmiro Parada, Vera Alves, Vitor Sousa, Obinna Chijioke, Christian Münz, Flávio Reis, Paulo Rodrigues-Santos, Célia Gomes
BACKGROUND: High-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) has a high risk of recurrence and progression to muscle-invasive forms, which seems to be largely related to the presence of tumorigenic stem-like cell populations that are refractory to conventional therapies. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Natural Killer (NK) cell-based adoptive immunotherapy against chemoresistant bladder cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) in a pre-clinical relevant model, using NK cells from healthy donors and NMIBC patients...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
Jun-Tao Tan, Yang Yang, Nai-Qun Mao, De-Sen Liu, Ding-Ming Huang, Hong Pan, Tong Xie, Qi Pan, Li Yang, Jian-Hong Zhong, Chuan-Tian Zuo
This study aims to evaluate the effect of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NCRT) on perioperative immune function during surgery to treat resectable locally advanced esophageal cancer. Records were retrospectively analyzed for 220 patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer, of whom 112 received surgery alone and 98 received neoadjuvant NCRT plus surgery. The two groups were compared in terms of proportions of CD3(+) , CD4(+) , CD8(+) , and natural kill (NK) cells, as well as the ratio of CD4(+) to CD8(+) cells...
October 21, 2016: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Aleksandra Gil-Krzewska, Yousuke Murakami, Giovanna Peruzzi, Kevin J O'Brien, Melissa A Merideth, Andrew R Cullinane, William A Gahl, John E Coligan, Bernadette R Gochuico, Konrad Krzewski
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS) encompasses disorders with abnormal function of lysosomes and lysosome-related organelles, and some patients who develop immunodeficiency. The basic mechanisms contributing to immune dysfunction in HPS are ill-defined. We analysed natural killer (NK) cells from patients diagnosed with HPS-1, HPS-2, HPS-4, and an unreported HPS subtype. NK cells from an HPS-2 and an unreported HPS subtype share a similar cellular phenotype with defective granule release and cytotoxicity, but differ in cytokine exocytosis...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Catharina C Gross, Diana Ahmetspahic, Tobias Ruck, Andreas Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Kathrin Schwarte, Silke Jörgens, Stefanie Scheu, Susanne Windhagen, Bettina Graefe, Nico Melzer, Luisa Klotz, Volker Arolt, Heinz Wiendl, Sven G Meuth, Judith Alferink
OBJECTIVE: To characterize changes in myeloid and lymphoid innate immune cells in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) during a 6-month follow-up after alemtuzumab treatment. METHODS: Circulating innate immune cells including myeloid cells and innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) were analyzed before and 6 and 12 months after onset of alemtuzumab treatment. Furthermore, a potential effect on granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interleukin (IL)-23 production by myeloid cells and natural killer (NK) cell cytolytic activity was determined...
December 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Giovanni Bernardini, Fabrizio Antonangeli, Valentina Bonanni, Angela Santoni
Chemokines are small chemotactic molecules that play key roles in physiological and pathological conditions. Upon signaling via their specific receptors, chemokines regulate tissue mobilization and trafficking of a wide array of immune cells, including natural killer (NK) cells. Current research is focused on analyzing changes in chemokine/chemokine receptor expression during various diseases to interfere with pathological trafficking of cells or to recruit selected cell types to specific tissues. NK cells are a heterogeneous lymphocyte population comprising several subsets endowed with distinct functional properties and mainly representing distinct stages of a linear development process...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Janet Ayello, Jessica Hochberg, Allyson Flower, Yaya Chu, Laxmi V Baxi, William Quish, Carmella van de Ven, Mitchell S Cairo
NK cells play a significant role in reducing relapse in patients with hematological malignancies following allogeneic stem cell transplantation but NK cell number and naturally occurring inhibitory signals limit their capability. IL-15 and 4-1BBL are important modulators of NK expansion and functional activation. With an aim to overcome these limitations, cord blood (CB) mononuclear cells (MNC) were ex-vivo expanded (EvE) for 7 days with genetically modified K562-mbIL15-41BBL (MODK562) or wildtype K562 (WTK562)...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Yang Yu, Qingyun Zhang, Qinggui Meng, Chen Zong, Lei Liang, Xue Yang, Rui Lin, Yan Liu, Yang Zhou, Hongxiang Zhang, Xiaojuan Hou, Zhipeng Han, Jiwen Cheng
Prostate cancer (PCa) has become the second leading cause of male cancer-related mortality in the United States. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are able to migrate to tumor tissues, and are thus considered to be novel antitumor carriers. However, due to their immunosuppressive nature, the application of MSCs in PCa therapy remains limited. In this study, we investigated the effect of MSCs overexpressing an NAD-dependent deacetylase sirtuin 1 (MSCs-Sirt1) on prostate tumor growth, and we analyzed the underlying mechanisms...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Takeshi Kimura, Akihiro Yamashita, Keiichi Ozono, Noriyuki Tsumaki
Articular cartilage damage does not spontaneously heal and could ultimately result in a loss of joint function. Damaged cartilage can be repaired with cell/tissue sources that are transplanted, however, autologous chondrocytes are limited in number as a cell source. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a relatively new and abundant cell source and can be made from the patient, but at considerable cost. Because cartilage is immunoprivileged tissue, allogeneic cartilages have been transplanted effectively without matching for human leukocyte antigen (HLA), but are difficult to acquire due to scarcity of donors...
October 20, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Shu Wen Wen, Jaclyn Sceneay, Luize G Lima, Christina Sf Wong, Melanie Becker, Sophie Krumeich, Richard J Lobb, Vanessa Castillo, Ke Ni Wong, Sarah Ellis, Belinda S Parker, Andreas Moller
Small membranous secretions from tumor cells, termed exosomes, contribute significantly to intercellular communication and subsequent reprogramming of the tumor microenvironment. Here we use optical imaging to determine that exogenously administered fluorescently-labeled exosomes derived from highly metastatic murine breast cancer cells, distributed predominantly to the lung of syngeneic mice, a frequent site of breast cancer metastasis. At the sites of accumulation, exosomes were taken up by CD45+ bone marrow-derived cells...
October 19, 2016: Cancer Research
Kate Stringaris, David Marin, A John Barrett, Robert Hills, Catherine Sobieski, Kai Cao, Jerome G Saltarrelli, May Daher, Hila Shaim, Nathaniel Smith, David Linch, Rosemary Gale, Christopher Allen, Takuya Sekine, Rohtesh Mehta, Richard Champlin, Elizabeth J Shpall, Hagop Kantarjian, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Katayoun Rezvani
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of hematopoietic disorders affecting the myeloid lineage, characterized by cytopenias and clonal evolution to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We hypothesized that natural killer (NK) cells and their activating killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (aKIRs) influence the immune surveillance and clinical outcome of patients with MDS. Here, we first examined the distribution of aKIR genes and haplotype in two independent cohorts of MDS and AML patients. The median number of aKIR genes was lower in MDS patients than healthy controls (2 vs...
October 19, 2016: Blood
X Jiao, W C Wang, J J Bao, W Xiao, H Yu, C F Wang
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October 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Franz Puttur, Marcela Francozo, Gülhas Solmaz, Carlos Bueno, Marc Lindenberg, Melanie Gohmert, Maxine Swallow, Dejene Tufa, Roland Jacobs, Stefan Lienenklaus, Anja A Kühl, Lisa Borkner, Luka Cicin-Sain, Bernard Holzmann, Hermann Wagner, Luciana Berod, Tim Sparwasser
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an opportunistic virus severely infecting immunocompromised individuals. In mice, endosomal Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) and downstream myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) are central to activating innate immune responses against mouse CMV (MCMV). In this respect, the cell-specific contribution of these pathways in initiating anti-MCMV immunity remains unclear. Using transgenic mice, we demonstrate that TLR9/MyD88 signaling selectively in CD11c(+) dendritic cells (DCs) strongly enhances MCMV clearance by boosting natural killer (NK) cell CD69 expression and IFN-γ production...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
N M Mamedalieva, A M Kurmanova, G N Moshkalova, V Kim
A study of the endometrium of women with herpetic infection has shown that early miscarriages (under 12 weeks) occurs as activation of cytotoxic natural killer (NK) cells with CD16 + phenotype and a pronounced suppression level of CD56 + cells endometrial type, and late miscarriages (13-22 weeks of gestation) occurs as cell deficit, followed by reduction of all CD8 + cytotoxic lymphocytes, and of CD56 + and CD16 + NK cells.
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Ashley I Beyer, Marcus O Muench
Immunodeficient mice play a critical role in hematology research as in vivo models of hematopoiesis and immunology. Multiple strains have been developed, but hematopoietic stem cell engraftment and immune reconstitution have not been methodically compared among them. Four mouse strains were transplanted with human fetal bone marrow or adult peripheral blood CD34+ cells: NSG, NSG-3GS, hSCF-Tg-NSG and hSIRPα-DKO. Hematopoietic engraftment in the bone marrow, blood, spleen and liver was evaluated by flow cytometry 12 weeks after transplant...
October 19, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Andrew Zloza, Neal D Dharmadhikari, Erica J Huelsmann, Joseph R Broucek, Tasha Hughes, Frederick J Kohlhapp, Howard L Kaufman
Recombinant interleukin-2 (rIL-2) is associated with objective responses in 15-20 % of patients with metastatic melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. More recently, rIL-2 has also demonstrated improved clinical activity in patients with melanoma. Given the toxicity of high-dose rIL-2 and the availability of many new immunotherapy agents, it has been suggested that lower doses of rIL-2 may be preferred for combination clinical studies. In order to determine the impact of low doses of rIL-2 on anti-tumor immunity and therapeutic effectiveness, we challenged C57BL/6 mice with poorly immunogenic B16-F10 melanoma and treated them with varying doses of rIL-2 (range 10(3)-10(5) IU)...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Jing Ni, Oliver Hölsken, Matthias Miller, Quirin Hammer, Merlin Luetke-Eversloh, Chiara Romagnani, Adelheid Cerwenka
Natural killer (NK) cell infusions can induce remissions in subsets of patients with different types of cancer. The optimal strategies for NK cell activation prior to infusion are still under debate. There is recent evidence that NK cells can acquire long-term functional competence by preactivation with the cytokines IL-12/15/18. The mechanisms supporting the maintenance of long-term NK cell antitumor activity are incompletely under-stood. Here, we show that NK cells preactivated in vitro with IL-12/15/18, but not with IL-15 alone, maintained high antitumor activity even 1 mo after transfer into lymphopenic RAG-2(-/-)γc(-/-) mice...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Markus Granzin, Ana Stojanovic, Matthias Miller, Richard Childs, Volker Huppert, Adelheid Cerwenka
Natural killer (NK) cells are promising antitumor effector cells, but the generation of sufficient NK cell numbers for adoptive immunotherapy remains challenging. Therefore, we developed a method for highly efficient ex vivo expansion of human NK cells. Ex vivo expansion of NK cells in medium containing IL-2 and irradiated clinical-grade feeder cells (EBV-LCL) induced a 22-fold NK cell expansion after one week that was significantly increased to 53-fold by IL-21. Repeated stimulation with irradiated EBV-LCL and IL-2 and addition of IL-21 at the initiation of the culture allowed sustained NK cell proliferation with 10(11)-fold NK cell expansion after 6 weeks...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Maulik Vyas, Ann-Charlott Schneider, Olga Shatnyeva, Katrin S Reiners, Samir Tawadros, Stephan Kloess, Ulrike Köhl, Michael Hallek, Hinrich P Hansen, Elke Pogge von Strandmann
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common form of leukemia that affects B lymphocytes in adults. Natural killer (NK) cells in CLL patients are intrinsically potent but display poor in situ effector functions. NKG2D is an activating receptor found on NK and CD8(+) T cells and plays a role in immunosurveillance of CLL. In this study, we developed mono- and dual-targeting triplebodies utilizing a natural ligand for human NKG2D receptor (ULBP2) to retarget NK cells against tumor cells. Triplebodies in both formats showed better ability to induce NK-cell-dependent killing of target cells compared to bispecific counterparts...
2016: Oncoimmunology
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