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Foxp3 gene

Yuan Gao, Xiaoju Li, Zhen Shu, Kuo Zhang, Xiaochang Xue, Weina Li, Qiang Hao, Zhaowei Wang, Wangqian Zhang, Shuning Wang, Cheng Zeng, Dong Fan, Wei Zhang, Yingqi Zhang, Huadong Zhao, Meng Li, Cun Zhang
FOXP3 is an important X-linked suppressor of breast cancer. It is reported that FOXP3 is usually mutant, absent, or cytoplasmic distribution in breast cancer cells, which increases the risk of breast cancer. However, in our study the full-length FOXP3 transcript can be detected in breast cancer cells and nuclear FOXP3 is expressed in some breast cancer samples. Therefore, an important question is how the tumor-suppressive function of wild-type FOXP3 is negated in these cancers. We found that Gal-1 is a novel interacting protein of FOXP3 in breast cancer...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Ji Young Kim, Kyu Lim, Kyung Hee Kim, Jin Hyun Kim, Jin Sun Choi, Seung-Cheol Shim
N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have anti-inflammatory effects and were considered useful for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recently, several studies suggested that n-3 PUFAs attenuated arthritis in animal model and human, however the mechanism is still unclear. Interleukin 17 (IL-17) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine mainly produced by T helper 17 (Th17) cells which cause tissue inflammation and bone erosion leading to joint destruction. In contrast, regulatory T (Treg) cells down-regulate various immune responses by suppression of naïve T cells...
2018: PloS One
Tomohisa Okamura, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are necessary for the maintenance of immune tolerance. Tregs are divided into two major populations: one is thymus derived and the other develops in the periphery. Among these Tregs, CD4+ CD25+ Tregs, which mainly originate in the thymus, have been extensively studied. Transcription factor Foxp3 is well known as a master regulatory gene for the development and function of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs. On the other hand, peripheral Tregs consist of distinct cell subsets including Foxp3-dependent extrathymically developed Tregs and interleukin (IL)-10-producing type I regulatory T (Tr1) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Anne-Marie Givel, Yann Kieffer, Alix Scholer-Dahirel, Philemon Sirven, Melissa Cardon, Floriane Pelon, Ilaria Magagna, Géraldine Gentric, Ana Costa, Claire Bonneau, Virginie Mieulet, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Fatima Mechta-Grigoriou
High-grade serous ovarian cancers (HGSOC) have been subdivided into molecular subtypes. The mesenchymal HGSOC subgroup, defined by stromal-related gene signatures, is invariably associated with poor patient survival. We demonstrate that stroma exerts a key function in mesenchymal HGSOC. We highlight stromal heterogeneity in HGSOC by identifying four subsets of carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAF-S1-4). Mesenchymal HGSOC show high content in CAF-S1 fibroblasts, which exhibit immunosuppressive functions by increasing attraction, survival, and differentiation of CD25+ FOXP3+ T lymphocytes...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Simona Perga, Serena Martire, Francesca Montarolo, Ilaria Giordani, Michela Spadaro, Gabriele Bono, Stefania Corvisieri, Ilaria Messuti, Giancarlo Panzica, Fabio Orlandi, Antonio Bertolotto
Autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of chronic disorders and affect a multitude of organs and systems. However, the existence of common pathophysiological mechanisms is hypothesized and reports of shared risk are emerging as well. In this regard, patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been shown to have an increased susceptibility to develop chronic autoimmune thyroid diseases, in particular Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), suggesting an autoimmune predisposition. However, studies comparing such different pathologies of autoimmune origin are still missing till date...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Zahra Akbari, Mohammad Taheri, Abdorreza Jafari, Arezou Sayad
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a heterogeneous disease with an unknown etiology. Both genetic and environmental factors lead to MS disease. Recent studies have revealed the inhibitory role of T regulatory cells in the MS disease. Forkhead box P3 (FOXP3) gene is a transcript of the CD4+CD25+FOXP3 and T regulatory cells that is recently introduced as a factor in determining the lineage of immune cells. Based on these assumptions we investigate the expression of this gene in the peripheral blood of fifty MS patients in comparison to fifty controls...
February 27, 2018: Human Antibodies
Michelle L Ratay, Stephen C Balmert, Ethan J Bassin, Steven R Little
Dry eye disease (DED), also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is an ocular surface disease characterized by T-cell-mediated inflammation. Current therapeutics, such as immunosuppressive agents, act to suppress the clinical signs and inflammation. However, long-term usage of these treatments can cause severe side effects. In this study, we present an alternative therapeutic approach that utilizes a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) to regulate transcription of a variety of immunomodulatory genes. Specifically, HDACi have emerged as a potential anti-inflammatory agent, which can modulate the functions of a subset of suppressive T lymphocytes known as regulatory T cells (Tregs), enhancing FoxP3 acetylation and subsequently guarding the transcription factor from proteasomal degradation...
March 8, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
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
Danielle J Smyth, Yvonne Harcus, Madeleine P J White, William F Gregory, Janina Nahler, Ian Stephens, Edward Toke-Bjolgerud, James P Hewitson, Alasdair Ivens, Henry J McSorley, Rick M Maizels
We recently reported the discovery of a new parasite-derived protein that functionally mimics the immunosuppressive cytokine transforming growth factor (TGF)-β. The Heligmosomoides polygyrus TGF-β Mimic (Hp-TGM) shares no homology to any TGF-β family member, however it binds the mammalian TGF-β receptor and induces expression of Foxp3, the canonical transcription factor of both mouse and human regulatory T cells. Hp-TGM consists of five atypical Complement Control Protein (CCP, Pfam 00084) domains, each lacking certain conserved residues and 12-15 amino acids longer than the 60-70 amino acids consensus domain, but with a recognizable 3-cysteine, tryptophan, cysteine motif...
March 3, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Rebecca K Sheean, Fiona C McKay, Erika Cretney, Christopher R Bye, Nirma D Perera, Doris Tomas, Richard A Weston, Karlene J Scheller, Elvan Djouma, Parvathi Menon, Stephen D Schibeci, Najwa Marmash, Justin J Yerbury, Stephen L Nutt, David R Booth, Graeme J Stewart, Mathew C Kiernan, Steve Vucic, Bradley J Turner
Importance: Neuroinflammation appears to be a key modulator of disease progression in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and thereby a promising therapeutic target. The CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs) infiltrating into the central nervous system suppress neuroinflammation and promote the activation of neuroprotective microglia in mouse models of ALS. To our knowledge, the therapeutic association of host Treg expansion with ALS progression has not been studied in vivo. Objective: To assess the role of Tregs in regulating the pathophysiology of ALS in humans and the therapeutic outcome of increasing Treg activity in a mouse model of the disease...
March 5, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Bogusław Nedoszytko, Magdalena Lange, Małgorzata Sokołowska-Wojdyło, Joanna Renke, Piotr Trzonkowski, Michał Sobjanek, Aneta Szczerkowska-Dobosz, Marek Niedoszytko, Aleksandra Górska, Jan Romantowski, Justyna Czarny, Jarosław Skokowski, Leszek Kalinowski, Roman Nowicki
Regulatory FOXP3+ T cells (Tregs) constitute 5% to 10% of T cells in the normal human skin. They play an important role in the induction and maintenance of immunological tolerance. The suppressive effects of these cells are exerted by various mechanisms including the direct cytotoxic effect, anti-inflammatory cytokines, metabolic disruption, and modulation of the dendritic cells function. The deficiency of Treg cells number or function are one of the basic elements of the pathogenesis of many skin diseases, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, bacterial and viral infections...
October 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
Timothy Sadlon, Cheryl Y Brown, Veronika Bandara, Christopher M Hope, John E Schjenken, Stephen M Pederson, James Breen, Alistair Forrest, Marc Beyer, Sarah Robertson, Simon C Barry
Regulatory T cells (Treg) are critical for preventing autoimmunity and curtailing responses of conventional effector T cells (Tconv). The reprogramming of T-cell fate and function to generate Treg requires switching on and off of key gene regulatory networks, which may be initiated by a subtle shift in expression levels of specific genes. This can be achieved by intermediary regulatory processes that include microRNA and long noncoding RNA-based regulation of gene expression. There are well-documented microRNA profiles in Treg and Tconv, and these can operate to either reinforce or reduce expression of a specific set of target genes, including FOXP3 itself...
2018: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Ling-Wei Jin, Han-Yang Ye, Xiao-Yan Xu, Yu Zheng, Yan Chen
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of miR-133a and miR-133b on regulatory T cell (Treg) differentiation in IgA nephropathy (IgAN) through targeting forkhead box P3 (FOXP3). METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were isolated from IgAN patients (n = 20) and healthy controls (n = 20). Percentage of Tregs defined as CD4 + CD25 + FOXP3 + T cells were determined by flow cytometry. The mRNA expression levels of miR-133a, miR-133b and FOXP3 were measured by real-time PCR...
February 26, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Karina Oyarce, Mauricio Campos-Mora, Tania Gajardo-Carrasco, Karina Pino-Lagos
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical players of immunological tolerance due to their ability to suppress effector T cell function thereby preventing transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases. During allograft transplantation, increases of both Treg expansion and generation, as well as their stable function, are needed to ensure allograft acceptance; thus, efforts have been made to discover new molecules that enhance Treg-mediated tolerance and to uncover their mechanisms. Recently, vitamin C (VitC), known to regulate T cell maturation and dendritic cell-mediated T cell polarization, has gained attention as a relevant epigenetic remodeler able to enhance and stabilize the expression of the Treg master regulator gene Foxp3, positively affecting the generation of induced Tregs (iTregs)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Ubaid Ullah, Syed Bilal Ahmad Andrabi, Subhash Kumar Tripathi, Obaiah Dirasantha, Kartiek Kanduri, Sini Rautio, Catharina C Gross, Sari Lehtimäki, Kanchan Bala, Johanna Tuomisto, Urvashi Bhatia, Deepankar Chakroborty, Laura L Elo, Harri Lähdesmäki, Heinz Wiendl, Omid Rasool, Riitta Lahesmaa
Regulatory T (Treg) cells are critical in regulating the immune response. In vitro induced Treg (iTreg) cells have significant potential in clinical medicine. However, applying iTreg cells as therapeutics is complicated by the poor stability of human iTreg cells and their variable suppressive activity. Therefore, it is important to understand the molecular mechanisms of human iTreg cell specification. We identified hypermethylated in cancer 1 (HIC1) as a transcription factor upregulated early during the differentiation of human iTreg cells...
February 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Deepak Tripathi, Satyanarayana S Cheekatla, Padmaja Paidipally, Rajesh Kumar Radhakrishnan, Elwyn Welch, Ramya Sivangala Thandi, Amy R Tvinnereim, Ramakrishna Vankayalapati
CD4+CD25+FoxP3+ cells (Tregs) inhibit inflammatory immune responses to allografts. Here, we found that co-transplantation of allogeneic pancreatic islets with Tregs that are defective in c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) signaling prolongs islet allograft survival in the liver parenchyma of chemically induced diabetic mice (CDM). Adoptively transferred JNK1-/- but not wild-type (WT) Tregs survive longer in the liver parenchyma of CDM. JNK1-/- Tregs are resistant to apoptosis and express anti-apoptotic molecules...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yenkel Grinberg-Bleyer, Rachel Caron, John J Seeley, Nilushi S De Silva, Christian W Schindler, Matthew S Hayden, Ulf Klein, Sankar Ghosh
CD4+ Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are essential regulators of immune responses. Perturbation of Treg homeostasis or function can lead to uncontrolled inflammation and autoimmunity. Therefore, understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in Treg biology remains an active area of investigation. It has been shown previously that the NF-κB family of transcription factors, in particular, the canonical pathway subunits, c-Rel and p65, are crucial for the development, maintenance, and function of Tregs. However, the role of the alternative NF-κB pathway components, p100 and RelB, in Treg biology remains unclear...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yufeng Liu, Bo Peng, Shengdi Wu, Nuo Xu
Regulatory T (Treg) cells are a kind of immunosuppression cells, which have been used to treat autoimmune diseases and induce allograft tolerance in clinical trials. While Treg cells based therapy is a promising treatment for kidney diseases and an emerging concept for tolerance induction in renal transplantation, a better understanding of the functions and biology of Treg cells is needed to be able to optimally exploit them. Epigenetics regulation, which refers to potentially heritable alterations in gene expression without underlying changes of the nucleotide sequence, plays an important role in Treg cells induction and maintenance...
February 13, 2018: Current Gene Therapy
Mara Kornete, Romina Marone, Lukas T Jeker
Adoptive cell transfer is an important approach for basic research and emerges as an effective treatment for various diseases, including infections and blood cancers. Direct genetic manipulation of primary immune cells opens up unprecedented research opportunities and could be applied to enhance cellular therapeutic products. In this article, we report highly efficient genome engineering in primary murine T cells using a plasmid-based RNA-guided CRISPR system. We developed a straightforward approach to ablate genes in up to 90% of cells and to introduce precisely targeted single nucleotide polymorphisms in up to 25% of the transfected primary T cells...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Daniel Kogan, Alexander Grabner, Christopher Yanucil, Christian Faul, Vijay Kumar Ulaganathan
Immune evasion and the suppression of anti-tumor responses during cancer progression are considered hallmarks of cancer and are typically attributed to tumor-derived factors. Although the molecular basis for the crosstalk between tumor and immune cells is an area of active investigation, whether host-specific germline variants can dictate immunosuppressive mechanisms has remained a challenge to address. A commonly occurring germline mutation (c.1162G>A/rs351855 G/A) in the FGFR4 (CD334) gene enhances STAT3 signaling and is associated with poor prognosis and accelerated progression of multiple cancer types...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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