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Jifu E, Feihu Yan, Zhengchun Kang, Liangliang Zhu, Junjie Xing, Enda Yu
Tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) are the primary sites of tumor antigen presentation, as well as the origin of metastasis in most cases. Hence, the type and function of immune cells in TDLNs are critical to the microenvironment and potentially affect the clinical outcome of the malignancy. CD8+ CXCR5+ T cells are recently described to present high effector functions in infectious diseases, but their role in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unclear. In forty-four Stage III CRC patients, we examined the CD8+ CXCR5+ T cells in blood, tumor, and TDLN...
March 12, 2018: Human Immunology
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
Edwin Roger Parra, Pamela Villalobos, Jiexin Zhang, Carmen Behrens, Barbara Mino, Stephen Swisher, Boris Sepesi, Annika Weissferdt, Neda Kalhor, John Victor Heymach, Cesar Moran, Jianjun Zhang, Jack Lee, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, Don Gibbons, Ignacio Ivan Wistuba
BACKGROUND: The understanding of immune checkpoint molecules' co-expression in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is important to potentially design combinatorial immunotherapy approaches. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 225 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor tissues from stage I-III NSCLCs-142 adenocarcinomas (ADCs) and 83 squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs)-placed in tissue microarrays. Nine immune checkpoint markers were evaluated; 4 (PD-L1, B7-H3, B7-H4, and IDO-1) expressed predominantly in malignant cells (MCs) and 5 (ICOS, VISTA, TIM3, LAG3, and OX40) expressed mostly in stromal tumor-associated inflammatory cells (TAICs)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Soo Jung Lee, Sun-Young Jun, In Hee Lee, Byung Woog Kang, Su Yeon Park, Hye Jin Kim, Jun Seok Park, Gyu-Seog Choi, Ghilsuk Yoon, Jong Gwang Kim
PURPOSE: This study attempted to reveal the prognostic impact of microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) colon cancer with tumor-infiltrating immune cells (TIICs) and immune checkpoint protein expression, which are good candidates for immunotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 89 patients with MSI-H colon cancer who underwent curative surgery at Kyungpook National University Chilgok Hospital. The expression status of specific inhibitory receptors, such as CD274 (programmed death-ligand 1, PD-L1), PDCD1 (programmed cell death 1, PD-1), cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA4), lymphocyte-activation gene 3 (LAG3), and indolamine 2'3'-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1), was retrospectively analyzed using immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Chun-Hsi Tso, Ming-Wei Lu
Nervous necrosis virus (NNV) infection has been considered a serious disease in farmed grouper. Particularly, the persistent infection model conducts the grouper into a carrier state that continues to spread the virus through spawning. This particular model makes disease control more difficult in the aquaculture industry. In the present study, we used RNA-Seq, a high-throughput method based on next-generation sequencing, to profile the expression of genes during the period of NNV persistent infection. We evaluated the transcriptomic changes in the brain tissue of grouper...
March 3, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Donghai Xiong, Jing Pan, Yuxin Yin, Hui Jiang, Eva Szabo, Ronald A Lubet, Yian Wang, Ming You
Lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC) is a major subtype of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. To increase our understanding of the LUSC pathobiology, we performed exome sequencing and RNA-seq in 16 murine carcinogen-induced LUSC tumors and 8 normal murine lung tissue samples. Additionally, we conducted single-cell RNA-seq on two independent tumors from the same murine model. We identified a list of 59 cancer genes recurrently mutated in the mice LUSC tumors, 47 (80%) of which were also mutated in human LUSCs. At the single cell level, we detected unique clonal mutation patterns for each of the two LUSC tumors, being initiated from clones carrying the mutant Igfbp7 and Trp53 genes, respectively...
January 26, 2018: Oncotarget
Young Sang Hwang, Ji-Hun Shin, Jung-Pyo Yang, Bong-Kwang Jung, Sang Hyung Lee, Eun-Hee Shin
To examine the immune environment of chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection in the brain, the characteristics of infection-immunity (premunition) in infection with T . gondii strain ME49 were investigated for 12 weeks postinfection (PI). The results showed that neuronal cell death, microglia infiltration and activation, inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokine expression, Stat1 phosphorylation, and microglia activation and inflammatory gene transcripts related to M1 polarization in the brain were increased during the acute infection (AI) stage (within 6 weeks PI), suggesting that innate and cellular inflammatory response activation and neurodegeneration contributed to excessive inflammatory responses...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Marina Wierz, Sandrine Pierson, Léa Guyonnet, Elodie Viry, Audrey Lequeux, Anaïs Oudin, Simone P Niclou, Markus Ollert, Guy Berchem, Bassam Janji, Coralie Guérin, Jerome Paggetti, Etienne Moussay
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February 13, 2018: Blood
Bhagyashree Bhagwat, Holly Cherwinski, Manjiri Sathe, Wolfgang Seghezzi, Terrill K McClanahan, Rene de Waal Malefyt, Aarron Willingham
LAG3 is an important regulator of T cell homeostasis and studies in mouse tumor models have demonstrated that simultaneously antagonizing LAG3 and PD1 can augment tumor-specific T cell responses and induce tumor rejection. The combined use of LAG3 antagonist antibodies with established anti-PD1 therapies is currently being evaluated in human clinical trials. A functional assay for human LAG3 was developed by co-culture of a Jurkat T-cell lymphoma line overexpressing LAG3 with a Raji B-cell lymphoma line in the presence of staphylococcal enterotoxins...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
Xiaochen Wang, Haiyuan Shen, Guangyan Zhangyuan, Ruyi Huang, Wenjie Zhang, Qifeng He, Kangpeng Jin, Han Zhuo, Zechuan Zhang, Jincheng Wang, Beicheng Sun, Xiaojie Lu
Increasing evidence shows that the anti-tumor functions of tumor-infiltrating T lymphocytes (TILs) were inhibited significantly, but the underlying mechanisms remain not fully understood. In this study, we found that 14-3-3ζ expression was up-regulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and in TILs. TILs with 14-3-3ζ high-expression (14-3-3ζhigh ) exhibited impaired activation (CD69), proliferation (Ki67) and anti-tumor functions compared to 14-3-3ζ low expression (14-3-3ζlow ) TILs. Flow cytometry assay showed that compared with 14-3-3ζlow CD8+ T cells, 14-3-3ζhigh ones exhibited higher frequency of exhausted phenotypes as measured by inhibitory receptors such as PD-1, TIM-3, LAG3, and CTLA-4...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Y R Li, C C Xiao, J Li, J Tang, X Y Geng, L J Cui, J X Zhai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between air pollution and upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) in children aged 0-14 years in Hefei, China in 2014-2015. STUDY DESIGN: An ecological method (i.e. generalised additive model [GAM]) was used to explore the effects of air pollutants on paediatric hospital outpatients with URTI. METHODS: GAM was used to evaluate the lag effects (including lag0 to lag6, lag01 and lag06) between daily changes in particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2...
February 2, 2018: Public Health
Anje Cauwels, Sandra Van Lint, Geneviève Garcin, Jennyfer Bultinck, Franciane Paul, Sarah Gerlo, José Van der Heyden, Yann Bordat, Dominiek Catteeuw, Lode De Cauwer, Elke Rogge, Annick Verhee, Gilles Uzé, Jan Tavernier
Despite approval for the treatment of various malignancies, clinical application of cytokines such as type I interferon (IFN) is severely impeded by their systemic toxicity. AcTakines (Activity-on-Target cytokines) are optimized immunocytokines that, when injected in mice, only reveal their activity upon cell-specific impact. We here show that type I IFN-derived AcTaferon targeted to the tumor displays strong antitumor activity without any associated toxicity, in contrast with wild type IFN. Treatment with CD20-targeted AcTaferon of CD20+ lymphoma tumors or melanoma tumors engineered to be CD20+, drastically reduced tumor growth...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Ha Zhu, Yan Gu, Yiquan Xue, Ming Yuan, Xuetao Cao, Qiuyan Liu
Although myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) have been demonstrated to contribute to tumor initiation, progression and metastasis, however, which MDSC subsets are preferentially expanded and activated, and what's the key molecular mechanism responsible for specific MDSC subsets in promoting tumor progression need to be fully addressed. Here we identify that Ly6Gmi Ly6Clo CD11b+ CXCR2+ subpopulation (named CXCR2+ MDSCs) are predominately expanded and recruited in systemic and local tumor microenvironment during breast cancer progression and metastasis...
December 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Shuai Liu, Zheng Wang, Yinyan Wang, Xing Fan, Chuanbao Zhang, Wenbin Ma, Xiaoguang Qiu, Tao Jiang
Background: PD-1 plays a critical part in control of immune response to malignancy. Anti-PD-1 treatment is a hopeful strategy to improve the dismal prognosis of gliomas. To characterize the role of PD-1 in diffuse gliomas, we investigated its related biological process at transcriptome level and its clinical prognostic value. Method and patients: Through Chinese Glioma Genome Atlas and TCGA datasets, we systematically reviewed a total of 994 cases with RNA-seq data and analyzed the functional annotation of PD-1 by Gene ontology (GO) analysis...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Anita van der Zwan, Kevin Bi, Errol R Norwitz, Ângela C Crespo, Frans H J Claas, Jack L Strominger, Tamara Tilburgs
Understanding how decidual CD8+ T cell (CD8+ dT) cytotoxicity is regulated and how these cells integrate the competing needs for maternal-fetal tolerance and immunity to infection is an important research and clinical goal. Gene-expression analysis of effector-memory CD8+ dT demonstrated a mixed transcriptional signature of T cell dysfunction, activation, and effector function. High protein expression of coinhibitory molecules PD1, CTLA4, and LAG3, accompanied by low expression of cytolytic molecules suggests that the decidual microenvironment reduces CD8+ dT effector responses to maintain tolerance to fetal antigens...
December 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Melisa Gorosito Serrán, Jimena Tosello Boari, Facundo Fiocca Vernengo, Cristian G Beccaría, María C Ramello, Daniela A Bermejo, Amelia G Cook, Carola G Vinuesa, Carolina L Montes, Eva V Acosta Rodriguez, Adriana Gruppi
Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi , is endemic in Latin America but has become a global public health concern by migration of infected people. It has been reported that parasite persistence as well as the intensity of the inflammatory immune response are determinants of the clinical manifestations of the disease. Even though inflammation is indispensable for host defense, when deregulated, it can contribute to tissue injury and organ dysfunction. Here, we report the importance of B cells in conditioning T cell response in T...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Cinzia Solinas, Soizic Garaud, Pushpamali De Silva, Anaïs Boisson, Gert Van den Eynden, Alexandre de Wind, Paolo Risso, Joel Rodrigues Vitória, François Richard, Edoardo Migliori, Grégory Noël, Hugues Duvillier, Ligia Craciun, Isabelle Veys, Ahmad Awada, Vincent Detours, Denis Larsimont, Martine Piccart-Gebhart, Karen Willard-Gallo
There is an exponentially growing interest in targeting immune checkpoint molecules in breast cancer (BC), particularly in the triple-negative subtype where unmet treatment needs remain. This study was designed to analyze the expression, localization, and prognostic role of PD-1, PD-L1, PD-L2, CTLA-4, LAG3, and TIM3 in primary BC. Gene expression analysis using the METABRIC microarray dataset found that all six immune checkpoint molecules are highly expressed in basal-like and HER2-enriched compared to the other BC molecular subtypes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Chien-Hui Chien, Bor-Luen Chiang
Regulatory T cells play a crucial role in the homeostasis of the immune response. In addition to CD4+ Foxp3+ regulatory T cells, several subsets of Foxp3- regulatory T cells, such as T helper 3 (Th3) cells and type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells, have been described in mice and human. Accumulating evidence shows that naïve B cells contribute to tolerance and are able to promote regulatory T cell differentiation. Naïve B cells can convert CD4+ CD25- T cells into CD25+ Foxp3- regulatory T cells, named Treg-of-B cells by our group...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
J Bae, T Hideshima, G L Zhang, J Zhou, D B Keskin, N C Munshi, K C Anderson
XBP1 (X-box binding protein 1), CD138 (Syndecan-1), and CS1 (SLAMF7) are highly expressed antigens in cancers including multiple myeloma (MM). Here we identify and characterize immunogenic HLA-A24 peptides derived from these antigens for potential vaccination therapy of HLA-A24+ patients with MM. The identified immunogenic HLA-A24-specific XBP1 unspliced (UN)185-193 (I S P W I L A V L), XBP1 spliced (SP)223-231 (V Y P E G P S S L), CD138265-273 (I F A V C L V G F) and CS1240-248 (L F V L G L F L W) peptides induced antigen-specific CTL with anti-MM activity in an HLA-A24 restricted manner...
November 1, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Liang Mao, Zhi-Li Zhao, Guang-Tao Yu, Lei Wu, Wei-Wei Deng, Yi-Cun Li, Jian-Feng Liu, Lin-Lin Bu, Bing Liu, Ashok B Kulkarni, Wen-Feng Zhang, Lu Zhang, Zhi-Jun Sun
Immune evasion is a hallmark feature of cancer, and it plays an important role in tumour initiation and progression. In addition, tumour immune evasion severely hampers the desired antitumour effect in multiple cancers. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of the Notch pathway in immune evasion in the head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) microenvironment. We first demonstrated that Notch1 signalling was activated in a Tgfbr1/Pten-knockout HNSCC mouse model. Notch signalling inhibition using a γ-secretase inhibitor (GSI-IX, DAPT) decreased tumour burden in the mouse model after prophylactic treatment...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
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