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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633925/the-discovery-of-plasma-cells-an-historical-note
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REVIEW
Domenico Ribatti
The name plasma cell was introduced by the anatomist Heinrich H. von Hartz-Waldeyer in 1875. Plasma cells derive from small B lymphocytes after their activation. A fully mature plasma cell lacks surface immunoglobulin expression. Its form is round or oval, with characteristic basophilic cytoplasm and an eccentric nucleus that contains coarse heterochromatin. Antigen activation of mature B cells leads initially to germinal center development, the transient generation of plasmablasts that secrete antibody while still dividing, and short-lived extrafollicular plasma cells that secrete antigen-specific germ line-encoded antibodies...
June 17, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633435/mcm3ap-in-recessive-charcot-marie-tooth-neuropathy-and-mild-intellectual-disability
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Emil Ylikallio, Rosa Woldegebriel, Manuela Tumiati, Pirjo Isohanni, Monique M Ryan, Zornitza Stark, Maie Walsh, Sarah L Sawyer, Katrina M Bell, Alicia Oshlack, Paul J Lockhart, Mariia Shcherbii, Alejandro Estrada-Cuzcano, Derek Atkinson, Taila Hartley, Martine Tetreault, Inge Cuppen, W Ludo van der Pol, Ayse Candayan, Esra Battaloglu, Yesim Parman, Koen L I van Gassen, Marie-José H van den Boogaard, Kym M Boycott, Liisa Kauppi, Albena Jordanova, Tuula Lönnqvist, Henna Tyynismaa
Defects in mRNA export from the nucleus have been linked to various neurodegenerative disorders. We report mutations in the gene MCM3AP, encoding the germinal center associated nuclear protein (GANP), in nine affected individuals from five unrelated families. The variants were associated with severe childhood onset primarily axonal (four families) or demyelinating (one family) Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy. Mild to moderate intellectual disability was present in seven of nine affected individuals. The affected individuals were either compound heterozygous or homozygous for different MCM3AP variants, which were predicted to cause depletion of GANP or affect conserved amino acids with likely importance for its function...
June 19, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630079/what-are-the-primary-limitations-in-b-cell-affinity-maturation-and-how-much-affinity-maturation-can-we-drive-with-vaccination-lessons-from-the-antibody-response-to-hiv-1
#3
Gabriel D Victora, Hugo Mouquet
Most broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV-1 have in common an extreme degree of somatic hypermutation (SHM), which correlates with their ability to neutralize multiple viral strains. However, achieving such extreme SHM by immunization remains a challenge. Here, we discuss how antigenic variation during HIV-1 infection may work to exacerbate SHM by permitting multiple iterative cycles of affinity maturation in germinal centers, and speculate on how this could be recapitulated through vaccination.
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630077/what-are-the-primary-limitations-in-b-cell-affinity-maturation-and-how-much-affinity-maturation-can-we-drive-with-vaccination-breaking-through-immunity-s-glass-ceiling
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Garnett Kelsoe, Barton F Haynes
A key goal of HIV-1 vaccine development is the induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) targeted to the vulnerable regions of the HIV envelope. BnAbs develop over time in ∼50% of HIV-1-infected individuals. However, to date, no vaccines have induced bnAbs and few or none of these vaccine-elicited HIV-1 antibodies carry the high frequencies of V(D)J mutations characteristic of bnAbs. Do the high frequencies of mutations characteristic of naturally induced bnAbs represent a fundamental barrier to the induction of bnAbs by vaccines? Recent studies suggest that high frequencies of V(D)J mutations can be achieved by serial vaccination strategies...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628673/multiple-tolerance-defects-contribute-to-the-breach-of-b-cell-tolerance-in-new-zealand-black-chromosome-1-congenic-mice
#5
Nan-Hua Chang, Kieran P Manion, Christina Loh, Evelyn Pau, Yuriy Baglaenko, Joan E Wither
Lupus is characterized by a loss of B cell tolerance leading to autoantibody production. In this study, we explored the mechanisms underlying this loss of tolerance using B6 congenic mice with an interval from New Zealand Black chromosome 1 (denoted c1(96-100)) sufficient for anti-nuclear antibody production. Transgenes for soluble hen egg white lysozyme (sHEL) and anti-HEL immunoglobulin were crossed onto this background and various tolerance mechanisms examined. We found that c1(96-100) mice produced increased levels of IgM and IgG anti-HEL antibodies compared to B6 mice and had higher proportions of germinal center B cells and long-lived plasma cells, suggesting a germinal center-dependent breach of B cell anergy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628194/signals-that-drive-t-follicular-helper-cell-formation
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REVIEW
Louise M C Webb, Michelle A Linterman
T follicular helper (TFH) cells are a distinct type of CD4+ T cell specialized in providing help to B cells during the germinal center (GC) reaction. As such, they are critical determinants of the quality of an antibody response following antigen challenge. Excessive production of TFH cells can result in autoimmunity whilst too few can result in inadequate protection from infection. Hence, their differentiation and maintenance must be tightly regulated to ensure appropriate, but limited, help to B cells. Unlike the majority of other CD4+ T cell subsets, TFH cell differentiation occurs in three phases defined by their anatomical location...
June 19, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622456/elevated-ccl25-and-ccr9-expressing-t-helper-cells-in-salivary-glands-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients-potential-new-axis-in-lymphoid-neogenesis
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Sofie L M Blokland, Maarten R Hillen, Aike A Kruize, Stephan Meller, Bernhard Homey, Glennda M Smithson, Timothy R D J Radstake, Joel A G van Roon
Introduction T follicular helper (Tfh)-cells play a critical role in germinal center formation and B-cell activation, both hallmarks of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). CCR9-expressing Th-cells have "Tfh-like" characteristics and are increased at mucosa-associated sites in several inflammatory conditions. Because of their unique characteristics and limited evaluation we investigated the local and systemic CCL25/CCR9-axis in pSS. Methods CCL25 protein and mRNA levels and CCR9+ Th-cells were assessed in labial salivary glands (LSG) of pSS and non-Sjögren's sicca (nSS) patients and their correlation with inflammatory and clinical parameters was evaluated...
June 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621910/allospecific-memory-b-cell-responses-are-dependent-on-autophagy
#8
Miguel Fribourg, Jie Ni, F Nina Papavasiliou, Zhenyu Yue, Peter S Heeger, Jeremy S Leventhal
Long-lived, donor-reactive memory B cells (Bmem) can produce alloantibodies that mediate transplant injury. Autophagy, an intrinsic mechanism of cell organelle/component recycling, is required for Bmem survival in infectious and model antigen systems but whether autophagy impacts alloreactive Bmem is unknown. We studied mice with an inducible yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) reporter expressed under the Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase (AID) promoter active in B cells undergoing germinal center reactions...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617936/t-follicular-regulatory-cells-in-mice-and-men
#9
REVIEW
Ana Raquel Maceiras, Valter R Fonseca, Ana Agua-Doce, Luis Graca
It has long been known that CD4 T cells are necessary to provide help to B cells, triggering a germinal center (GC) reaction where affinity maturation and isotype switching occurs. However, the nature of the dedicated CD4 helper T cells, known as T follicular helper (Tfh), was only recently described. Here, we review the biology and function of the recently described T follicular regulatory (Tfr) cells, another CD4 T cell population also found within GCs but with regulatory function and characteristics. Tfr cells have been identified in mice and humans as simultaneously, presenting simultaneously characteristics of T follicular cells (namely CXCR5 expression) and regulatory T cells (including Foxp3 expression)...
June 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614794/an-activated-th17-prone-t-cell-subset-involved-in-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease-sensitive-to-pharmacological-inhibition
#10
Edouard Forcade, Katelyn Paz, Ryan Flynn, Brad Griesenauer, Tohti Amet, Wei Li, Liangyi Liu, Giorgos Bakoyannis, Di Jiang, Hong Wei Chu, Mercedes Lobera, Jianfei Yang, David S Wilkes, Jing Du, Kate Gartlan, Geoffrey R Hill, Kelli Pa MacDonald, Eduardo L Espada, Patrick Blanco, Jonathan S Serody, John Koreth, Corey S Cutler, Joseph H Antin, Robert J Soiffer, Jerome Ritz, Sophie Paczesny, Bruce R Blazar
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) remains a major complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation requiring novel therapies. CD146 and CCR5 are expressed by activated T cells and associated with increased T cell migration capacity and Th17 polarization. We performed a multiparametric flow cytometry analysis in a cohort of 40 HSCT patients together with a cGvHD murine model to understand the role of CD146-expressing subsets. We observed an increased frequency of CD146+ CD4 T cells in the 20 patients with active cGvHD with enhanced RORγt expression...
June 15, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614213/pathologic-separation-of-chronic-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-from-fibrotic-connective-tissue-disease-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#11
Andrew Churg, Joanne L Wright, Christopher J Ryerson
Chronic (fibrotic) hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and fibrosing interstitial pneumonias associated with connective tissue disease (CTD-ILD) can be difficult to distinguish in biopsy specimens. To investigate features that might separate these entities, 2 pathologists blinded to the diagnoses reviewed 16 cases of chronic HP and 12 cases of CTD-ILD. Fifteen predefined parameters were examined by morphometric point counting, analysis/cm of lung tissue, or presence/absence. Germinal centers were present in a minority of patients, but favored a diagnosis of CTD-ILD (7/12 CTD vs...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605013/the-strength-of-bcr-signaling-shapes-terminal-development-of-follicular-helper-t-cells-in-mice
#12
Antoine Sacquin, Mylène Gador, Nicolas Fazilleau
Antibody production is key for effective immune response and relies on follicular helper T (Tfh) cells. B cell-Tfh cell interactions result either in an extra-follicular low affinity B-cell response or in germinal center reactions producing high-affinity memory B cells and long-lived plasma cells. As Tfh cells influence B-cell commitment, it also became clear that B cells influence these interactions in ways that still remain unresolved. We observed that strong BCR signals decreased Tfh-cell differentiation in vitro, which correlated with decreased expression of ICOS-L at the surface of stimulated B cells...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599246/ablation-of-il-17-expression-moderates-experimental-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis-disease-severity
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Gabriela Aguilo-Seara, Yanchen Xie, Jarrod Sheehan, Linda L Kusner, Henry J Kaminski
An array of cytokines influences the pathogenesis of early onset myasthenia gravis (MG) and its animal model, experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG). Patients with MG, in particular those with more severe weakness, have elevations of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17 in the blood. We assessed the role of IL-17A in autoimmunity by inducing EAMG in mice with knockout of IL-17 and found a reduction of EAMG severity, but not a complete ablation of disease. The IL-17(ko) mice had no evidence of weakness, low levels of acetylcholine receptor antibodies, and retention of acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction...
June 6, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596090/liposomes-containing-monophosphoryl-lipid-a-and-qs-21-serve-as-an-effective-adjuvant-for-soluble-circumsporozoite-protein-malaria-vaccine-fmp013
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Christopher J Genito, Zoltan Beck, Timothy W Phares, Fanta Kalle, Keith J Limbach, Maureen E Stefaniak, Noelle B Patterson, Elke S Bergmann-Leitner, Norman C Waters, Gary R Matyas, Carl R Alving, Sheetij Dutta
Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum continues to threaten millions of people living in the tropical parts of the world. A vaccine that confers sterile and life-long protection remains elusive despite more than 30years of effort and resources invested in solving this problem. Antibodies to a malaria vaccine candidate circumsporozoite protein (CSP) can block invasion and can protect humans against malaria. We have manufactured the Falciparum Malaria Protein-013 (FMP013) vaccine based on the nearly full-length P...
June 5, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592763/malignant-lymphoma-pathophysiology-and-current-therapy
#15
Koji Izutsu
Recent advances in the understanding of molecular pathogenesis of lymphoma have enabled us to clearly define disease entity by means of a disease-specific gene mutation and to select candidates for novel targeted therapy. In this review three different clinically relevant topics related to the molecular pathogenesis of lymphoma were covered. In the 2016 revision of the World Health Organization classification of lymphoid malignancies, firstly, disease-specific mutations such as MYD88 L265P in Waldenström macroglobulinemia and BRAF V600E in hairy cell leukemia were incorporated into diagnostic tests, and secondly, the determination of cell-of-origin in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) was strongly recommended in diagnosis...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592561/vaccine-priming-is-restricted-to-draining-lymph-nodes-and-controlled-by-adjuvant-mediated-antigen-uptake
#16
Frank Liang, Gustaf Lindgren, Kerrie J Sandgren, Elizabeth A Thompson, Joseph R Francica, Anja Seubert, Ennio De Gregorio, Susan Barnett, Derek T O'Hagan, Nancy J Sullivan, Richard A Koup, Robert A Seder, Karin Loré
The innate immune mechanisms by which adjuvants enhance the potency and protection of vaccine-induced adaptive immunity are largely unknown. We introduce a model to delineate the steps of how adjuvant-driven innate immune activation leads to priming of vaccine responses using rhesus macaques. Fluorescently labeled HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) was administered together with the conventional aluminum salt (alum) adjuvant. This was compared to Env given with alum with preabsorbed Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) ligand (alum-TLR7) or the emulsion MF59 because they show superiority over alum for qualitatively and quantitatively improved vaccine responses...
June 7, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592540/covalent-linkage-of-hiv-1-trimers-to-synthetic-liposomes-elicits-improved-b-cell-and-antibody-responses
#17
Shridhar Bale, Geraldine Goebrecht, Armando Stano, Richard Wilson, Takayuki Ota, Karen Tran, Jidnyasa Ingale, Michael B Zwick, Richard T Wyatt
We have demonstrated that a liposomal array of well-ordered trimers enhances B cell activation, germinal center formation and the elicitation of tier-2 autologous neutralizing antibodies. Previously, we coupled well-ordered cleavage-independent NFL trimer via their C-terminal poly-histidine tails to nickel-lipids integrated into the lipid bilayer. Despite favorable in vivo effects, concern remains over the potentially longer term in vivo instability of non-covalent linkage of the trimers to the liposomes. Accordingly, we tested both cobalt coupling and covalent linkage of the trimers to the liposomes by reengineering the poly-histidine tail to include a free cysteine on each protomer of model BG505 NFL trimers to allow covalent linkage...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592537/role-of-autophagy-in-the-hiv-1-matrix-protein-p17-driven-lymphangiogenesis
#18
Pietro Mazzuca, Stefania Marsico, Kai Schulze, Stefania Mitola, Marina C Pils, Cinzia Giagulli, Carlos A Guzman, Arnaldo Caruso, Francesca Caccuri
AIDS-related lymphomas (ARLs) are expected to increase in the future since combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) enhances the life expectancy of HIV-1-infected (HIV(+)) patients, but does not affect the occurrence of ARLs to the same extent as of other tumors. Lymphangiogenesis is essential in supporting growth and metastatic spreading of ARLs. HIV-1 does not infect the neoplastic B cells, but HIV-1 proteins have been hypothesized to play a key role in sustaining a pro-lymphangiogenic microenvironment in lymphoid organs...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589364/how-to-simulate-a-germinal-center
#19
Philippe A Robert, Ananya Rastogi, Sebastian C Binder, Michael Meyer-Hermann
Germinal centers host a mini-evolutionary environment where B cells can mutate their receptor and be selected depending on its affinity to target antigens in a process called affinity maturation. Starting from founder cells with a weak B cell receptor affinity, germinal centers release output cells as antibody-secreting cells or memory cells with a very high affinity, a property which is essential for pathogen clearance and immune memory. Therapeutic interventions on the germinal centers are tantalizing approaches to improve vaccines or to support rejection of chronic pathogens such as HIV...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589362/determining-the-origin-of-human-germinal-center-b-cell-derived-malignancies
#20
Marc Seifert, Ralf Küppers
Most human B cell lymphomas originate from germinal center (GC) B cells. This is partly caused by the high proliferative activity of GC B cells and the remodeling processes acting at the immunoglobulin (Ig) loci of these cells, i.e., somatic hypermutation and class-switching. Mistargeting of these processes can cause chromosomal translocations, and the hypermutation machinery may also target non-Ig genes. As somatic hypermutation is exclusively active in GC B cells, the presence of somatic mutations in rearranged IgV genes is a standard criterium for a GC or post-GC B cell origin of lymphomas...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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